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You will investigate how manipulation of plant growth by light and temperature interact with plant biotic and abiotic stress resilience for applications in …
You will investigate how manipulation of plant growth by light and temperature interact with plant biotic and abiotic stress resilience for applications in greenhouses. You will investigate how LED/temperature treatments influence plant photosynthesis, growth and development, aiming at the discovery of combined light & temperature strategies that are optimal for plant growth and development as well as for resilience against abiotic (light) stress and pests.
In the HPP part of this project 'LEDs make it resilient' you will make use of insights obtained in previous studies on the interaction between light quality x temperature aimed at understanding the physiological regulation of compact plant growth in greenhouses as well as of vast experience in measuring photosynthesis and of applying LED-technology in Plant Production Systems. You will be able to make use of our unique plant growth facility that allows for mimicking spectral daylight and intensity profiles (as well as altering them with additional LED-illumination) in a further strict climate -controlled growth chamber without natural daylight. You will integrate this with photosynthesis measuring systems, based on measuring gas exchange as well as chlorophyll fluorescence and develop and execute experiments to investigate the impact of temperature, light intensity and light quality on young plant growth and development as well as on their defence systems against abiotic light stress and pests. You will use the acquired knowledge to develop and test protocols for physiological growth control in close collaboration with other arresearchers aiming at optimal production of resilient plants without the necessity to use additional chemicals.
For this research project, we seek a PhD candidate with an MSc degree in Plant Sciences, Plant Biology or a related discipline; experience in experimental and environmental plant physiology is expected; a proven ability to develop experimental methodology related to environmental plant physiology is expected as well as the ability to think in physiological and molecular concepts; interest in fundamental research; ability to work independently within a multidisciplinary team and organisational skills, completed by well-developed (English) communication and writing skills are expected.
The PhD candidate will have close interaction with two other PhD-students to be appointed for this program at the laboratories of Plant Physiology and Entomology. Although the focus of this PhD-candidate will be on environmental and experimental plant physiology with a clear link to horticulture, he/she should be well capable to translate practical horticultural issues to underlying fundamental questions and communicate well with both the companies and fundamental researchers involved in this program.