Is circadian function an important trait for wheat breeders? (HALL_E19DTP2)
- Research Area Agriculture and Food Security
- Partner The Earlham Institute (EI)
Prof Anthony Hall -
- Application Deadline 26/11/2018
Arguably the biggest environmental challenge life on earth must adapt to is the daily light dark cycle. To measure, predict and adapt to these changes, organisms have independently evolved an internal molecular timer; the circadian clock. Having a robust and accurate clock enhances agronomic performance, fitness and yield.
This PhD project aims to understand the function of the circadian clock in wheat. This will allow us to explore the role the clock plays in complex regulatory gene networks in a well characterised polyploid plant genome. As the clock also affects important agricultural traits, specifically those linked to yield and yield stability, understanding the interplay between the clock and gene function is key for developing robust and useful tools applicable to wheat breeding that ultimately will improve wheat yield and productivity.
This project offers the student the opportunity to become engaged in a multidisciplinary project spanning wheat genetics, molecular biology, and circadian biology, and develop a broad, transferable skill set, essential for a modern, successful researcher.