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Aphelenchus and related taxa: molecular systematics and molecular diagnostics (Plant Health Fellowship (2) - PH0306

3 year PhD studentship

Plant parasitic nematodes cause major damage to crops and forests worldwide. Nematologists in diagnostic laboratories need to be able to distinguish pathogens with confidence if losses and unnecessary chemical control are to be avoided. The project will investigate taxonomy and evolution within the order Aphelenchida using a range of morphological and modern molecular methods including sequencing and micro-array based techniques. The student will be supervised by Dr Ian Barker (Central Science Laboratory) and Dr Mark Blaxter (The University of Edinburgh). They will be based at The University of Edinburgh, with additional work undertaken at CSL as appropriate.
1. To carry out R&D in the field of plant nematode systematics (Aphelenchoides and related taxa) and to supervise a suitable candidate with the aim of obtaining a PhD in this field to ensure continuation of taxonomic expertise.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Plant Health Final Report: Aphelenchus and related taxa - molecular systematics and molecular diagnostics (Plant Health Fellowship 2)   (388k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2005

To: 2008

Cost: £66,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Central Science Laboratory
Plant health              
Plant Pests and Diseases              
Plants and Animals              
Fields of Study
Plant Health