Molecular ecology of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (PhD available)

Fri Oct 3 09:43:24 EST 1997


Molecular ecology of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in clover roots under low
input agricultural systems.

This joint project between the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and the
Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research (with a collaborative
input from the University of Sheffield), will study the diversity and
functioning of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) on clover  (Trifolium
repens). The effect of different host genotypes and various soil management
regimes on AMF populations will be analysed both qualitatively and
quantitatively using PCR-based molecular markers. Functional comparison of
mycorrhizal efficiency will also be conducted on inbred clover lines to
elucidate how host genotype affects nutrient uptake and plant growth.

The successful candidate will receive training in the techniques of AMF
manipulation, molecular biology and experimental design. The project will
be based at Aberystwyth.

Applications for this studentship are sought from life sciences graduates
with a good degree (2I or higher) who are citizens of the European Union.

For more details please contact Dr G.W. Griffith (Tel 01970-622325
gjg at or Dr W. Eason (01970-828255 william.eason at

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