Weeds in rotational cropping

Addressing the threat of weeds under rotational cropping systems

Degree type

PhD

Closing date

10 October 2022

Campus

Launceston

Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International

About the research project

Horticultural cropping in northern Tasmania is typically conducted as a rotation of pasture, vegetable and industrial crops on an annual and/or semi-annual basis.  Thus, the agronomic practices employed within a given season for a specific crop often have flow on effects on subsequent seasons.

Weed control, and the carry over of weeds from one crop to the next is an issue of increasing importance in rotational crops.  Growers are increasingly concerned that weed build up and/or carry over from the preceding crop can negatively impact the current crop.  This weed build may also be associated with issues of herbicide resistance build up and weed hosts acting alternative hosts for key crop pathogens.  This PhD will aim the take a systems wide view to understanding weeds, and develop tools for optimal management under relevant rotation systems.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Jason Scott

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.

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • The scholarship is open to Australian and New Zealand (domestic) candidates and to International candidates
  • Research must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a first-class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Experience in weed science

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, Dr Jason Scott 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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