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PhD fellowship in Plant Science-Agronomy: How to improve tomato tolerance to high temperature and drought in the context of climate change?

Employeur : UCL-Earth&Life Institute

Job Location

Belgium : Louvain-la-Neuve

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Doctorat en:

Biology or Agronomy

Job Description:

Organisation/ recruiting laboratory : Université catholique de Louvain – Earth and Life Institute – Agronomy - Groupe de recherche en Physiologie végétale
Location: Belgium, Louvain-la-Neuve
Research field: Plant Science – Agronomy – Plant Physiology

Research description: Global climate change expected to occur during the next decades will have an impact on crop yield as a consequence of multi-component stress. Higher temperatures and changing precipitation patterns are expected. However, most cultivated crop species are sensitive to abiotic stresses and the elucidation of tolerance strategies in their wild resistantrelatives is a powerful approach to understand local adaptations for potential crop improvement. Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) is the second most highly produced vegetable crop worldwide and its wild-related species Solanum chilense is able to cope with harsh
environment in its area of origin and could represent an abundance of genetic diversity for tomato improvement. However, physiological basis of abiotic stress tolerance in S. chilense has received only minor attention until now. The aim of the proposed research is to study the changes mediated by drought and heat acclimation in S. chilense and contrasting them with the cultivated tomato (S. lycopersicum) in order to highlight the morphological, physiological, hormonal and genetic basis of drought and heat tolerance in these species during vegetative and
reproductive stages. This project is developed in collaboration with the Instituto de
Investigaciones Agropecuarias (INIA-La Cruz), Chili.

Additional Information:
The initial appointment is for 2 years (starting in October 2018). The candidate will be asked to apply for another PhD scholarship (FRIA / FNRS) for the rest of the PhD.

Profil / Qualifications Requises

Profile required:

  •  Master’s degree in Biology or Agronomy, or equivalent.
  • Ability to work both independently and within a research team.
  • Interest / knowkedge in plant physiology and transcriptomics


How to apply: Please send (in French or in English) as a single pdf your CV together with a letter of motivation and contact information for two referees to Muriel Quinet ([email protected]).

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