Novel approaches for mitigating the environmental impacts of Japanese knotweed


3 Year Industry-led Funded Phd: Ref. No. CGE 6

Japanese knotweed is one of the world's 100 worst invasive species causing crop losses, damage to infrastructure, and erosion of ecosystem services. Current control methods are expensive and offer limited success. This project will adopt a multidisciplinary, ‘chemical biology’ approach to develop new biochemical solutions for the control of Japanese knotweed. Laboratory-based studies will identify bioactive compounds that interfere directly with the normal growth or metabolism of actively growing knotweed. The efficacy and mode of action of compounds identified will be examined in planta in controlled environment and glasshouse studies.

Applicants should hold a minimum of a first-class or 2.1 (Hons) degree, or Masters degree (or equivalent) in a plant biology, biochemistry or closely associated subject.

Industry Partner

The doctoral research project will be based at Lancaster University and will be jointly supervised by Phlorum Limited. Phlorum is an environmental consultancy providing services with expertise in evaluating and mitigating Japanese knotweed property risks, including guiding the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

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

This project has been recruited.