We are currently advertising DTP and CASE studentships for October 2019 start. The deadline for applications is the 26th November 2018.

27 / 09 / 2018

Turning up the heat on pest insect reproduction: optimising thermal control in dry food storage facilities (GAGE_U19DTP)

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Stored product insect pests seriously damage global food production, especially in developing countries. Chemical methods to control these pests are either becoming regulated due to health or environmental damage, or less effective as resistance evolves. New methods of pest

management are therefore urgently sought. Thermal control is being increasingly used, when 60oC temperatures are applied to kill insects. However, this can be energetically expensive and cause collateral damage. In this PhD, you will examine how less extreme temperatures can be

used to control key pests, enabling more economically effective management. Using lab experiments, you will study how different thermal regimes influence reproduction, recovery, survival and potential to infest, scaling findings up to larger storage facilities. You will be trained to

sample, culture and manage different insects, and conduct and analyse results of rigorously-controlled experiments revealing how increased temperatures influence pest reproduction and population viability. You will master techniques in phenotyping, microdissection and bioimaging. The PhD is an opportunity to answer relevant scientific questions about a key food security issue. You will join a welcoming and active group generating world-class science (, and an energetic NRP DTP cohort, enabling you to develop into an independentthinking, international-impact scientist in a key area for food security. You should have a good degree in the life sciences, relevant research experience, and be keen to advance scientific understanding of insect pest control. Contact supervisor Matthew Gage for details: