The use of amino acids to improve crop yields by reducing abiotic stress and improved nitrogen utilisation


3 Year Enterprise-led Funded Phd ref. no. CGE63

One of the major challenges facing farmers worldwide is to minimise the gap between the yields they achieve on farm and the genetic yield potential of their crops. New amino acid-based crop improvement products have proven extremely successful in closing this gap in a variety of different crops by protecting yields from environmental stress. The primary aim of this research project is to develop a better understanding the mode-of-action of these amino acid-based products at the level of plant physiology and biochemistry, and thereby enable the rational design of improved products.

Applicants should have a first or upper second degree in biology, biochemistry or related subjects.

Enterprise and Collaborative Partner

The PhD is a collaborative research project between Lancaster University with supervision by Dr Mike Roberts and Environmental Crop Management Ltd. Environmental Crop Management is a multi-award winning, independent company supplying crop protection solutions to farmers in the North West of England. Established in 1991, the business has a team of Agronomists that examine a wide variety of crops for weed, pest or nutritional disorders.

The business is the UK’s leading practitioner of Integrated Crop Management, a farming system that minimises any environmental damage whilst providing safe food. The sustainable approach has been adopted by over 1200 farmer customers in the past 25 years.

Why Apply?

By joining the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation you will

  • Receive £15,000 tax free per year
  • Have your postgraduate tuition fees paid for by your partner business, worth £4,195/year (fees for Non EU/UK graduates are subsidised from £17,510/year to £13,315/year). See published rates by year of entry
  • Become part of a cohort of graduates working with an award-winning team on business-led R&D
  • Finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas.

Application details

To apply for this opportunity please email with:      

• A CV (2 pages maximum)
• PhD Application Form
• Application Criteria Document
• Funded PhD Reference Form
• Reference number: CGE63

Application deadline

Application deadline: 6th August 2017
Start date: September 2017