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Pea is a globally important legume crop valued for its role in soil nitrogen fixation, sustainable agriculture and providing a rich source of plant protein. The crop yield and quality are at a high risk from Downy Mildew (DM) pathogen, affecting both vining and combining peas in the UK, due to the recent withdrawal of the widely used metalaxyl-M containing fungicides for outdoor sowing of seeds. The aim of this project is to use genomic tools to understand the pathogen diversity and its role in disease epidemics, find and validate novel sources of genetic resistance to DM. To this end, we will evaluate a genetically diverse Pisum germplasm collection containing cultivars, landraces and wild species for novel sources of resistance and validate the potential of discovered candidate genes using mutants, biparental populations and/or gene editing. Identified resistances will be transferred into elite pea varieties, using marker-assisted selection in collaboration with our industrial partner, Limagrain, where the student will
We are looking for a motivated student who is interested to explore the Pisum germplasm and implement state-of-the-art gene cloning technologies, including association genetics using both resistance gene enrichment sequencing (AgRenSeq) and whole genome sequencing (WGS). Training will be provided in plant pathology, genetics, breeding, molecular biology techniques and bioinformatics.
This is a BBSRC NRPDTP-funded CASE studentship based in the laboratory of Sanu Arora and co-supervised by Claire Domoney, in close collaboration with our industrial partner Limagrain. The student will also collaborate with NIAB, Cambridge to culture isolates of DM pathogen and develop high-throughput phenotyping methods.
To apply for this job please visit biodtp.norwichresearchpark.ac.uk.