Supercharging photosynthesis to feed the world


To feed an ever-increasing population we must produce more of the crops that sustain us. Wheat provides 20% of the total calories consumed worldwide and we need to increase our productivity to avoid food shortages. In wheat, photosynthetic efficiency is as yet unoptimized and the role of photoprotection in crop productivity is still unclear.

This project aims to identify the genes and biochemical pathways that underpin photosynthetic efficiency and photoprotection in wheat using genetics, genomics and machine learning. Based in the Anthony Hall lab at the Earlham institute and in collaboration with the Griffiths lab at the John Innes Centre and the wheat physiology group at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) in Mexico, this PhD will be an International Wheat Yield Partnership (IWYP) aligned project, providing the opportunity to collaborate with a worldwide community of crop scientists. There will also be opportunities to visit CIMMYT’s world leading crop research centre in Mexico.

The project will use a broad range of techniques and technologies and provide training in bioinformatics, machine learning, crop genetics and crop physiology.