Barley yellow dwarf resistance in wheat

Identification of QTL for barley yellow dwarf (BYD) resistance in wheat

Degree type

PhD

Closing date

18 July 2022

Campus

Launceston

Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International

About the research project

BYD is a serious problem in cereal crops grown in Tasmania and high rainfall area of Australia. Most wheat varieties grown in Tasmania can suffer from BYD which leads to more them 20% yield loss. Genome wide association studies (GWAS) using over 300 wheat accessions have revealed some tentative QTL which are different from the gene introgressed from wheat grass. In this project, potential QTL for barley yellow dwarf (BYD) resistance in wheat will be identified/confirmed through doubled haploid populations. Further fine mapping will be conducted on the major QTL for BYD resistance.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Professor Meixue Zhou

Funding

Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,854 per annum (2022 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.

Eligibility

Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Applicants must be able to undertake the project on-campus.

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Professor Meixue Zhou to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. Submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application, you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including 2 x referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email by the advertised outcome date.

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