Do surfactant based wetting agents improve fertilizer nutrient-use efficiency for managed amenity turf grown in sand based media?


3 Year Enterprise-led Funded Phd

Ref. No. CGE68

Surfactant based wetting agents can reduce the effect of soil hydrophobicity, which occurs in sports turf growing on sandy substrates. Applying wetting agents might also improve the water-and nutrient use-efficiency (WUE, NUE) of the irrigation applied, but this has never been scientifically proven. The project will determine effects of wetting agents on WUE and NUE of turf grass and arable species, investigating the modification of soil-plant water relations which underpins those effects. This could open the widespread use of wetting agents to improve resource-use efficiency in agriculture.

Applicants should have a relevant plant / agricultural sciences or chemistry degree, master degree preferred. Experience on field and greenhouse experiment design and performance will be an advantage.

Enterprise and Collaborative Partner

This PhD project is a collaboration between J Mallinson (Ormskirk) Ltd with supervision from Dr Jaime Puertolas in the Lancaster Environment Centre at Lancaster University, working in collaboration with Myerscough College.

J Mallinson (Ormskirk) Ltd is a company based in Lancashire applying over 45 years experience to provide the best in sports field construction. Over the years the company has produced highly regarded sports fields for football, cricket, horse racing, golf and others with customers which include Old Trafford, Lords Cricket ground and Aintree racecourse.

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 c£4,195/year (fees for Non EU/UK graduates are subsidised from £17,510/year to £13,315/year.) See university website for 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.

The post is subject to confirmation of funding.

Application deadline

28th August 2017

Interview Date: 7th September 2017
Start date: September 2017