Managing botrytis in wine grapes

Developing novel and safe technologies for managing botrytis bunch rot in wine grapes

Degree type

PhD

Closing date

18 July 2022

Campus

Burnie

Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International

About the research project

This PhD project sits within the national ARC-funded Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Sustainable Crop Protection which is taking on the global challenge of transforming crop protection technology by delivering non-GM, non-toxic RNAi based fungicides (BioClay™) for specific diseases of crops. The project, based at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, will involve lab., controlled environment and field experiments in commercial vineyards to investigate the efficacy and mechanisms of novel RNAi based fungicides for suppression of Botrytis cinerea and bunch rot disease in wine grapes. New knowledge will also inform further development of the BioClay™ platform in other systems. The PhD candidate will be provided with opportunities for research networking and career development through connections with other universities in the Research Hub and in industry.

Primary Supervisor

Meet A/Prof Kathy Evans

Funding

The successful applicant will receive a scholarship which 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)

International applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

Eligibility

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

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:

  • Ability to propagate and maintain healthy plants under semi-controlled environmental conditions

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Practical plant pathology expertise
  • Potential to engage effectively with industry partners

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Ability to propagate and maintain healthy plants under semi-controlled environmental conditions

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Practical plant pathology expertise
  • Potential to engage effectively with industry partners

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, A/Prof Kathy Evans 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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