Research course

Crop Abiotic Stress Modulators

Lancaster University · Lancaster University

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a minimum of a first-class or 2.1 (Hons) degree, or Masters degree (or equivalent) in a plant biology, biochemistry or an associated subject.

Application deadline: 19th of April 2017

Months of entry

October, September, August, July, June

Course content

3 Year Industry-led Funded PhD: Ref. No. CGE 41

Abiotic stress accounts for >50% of global crop yield losses. New solutions are therefore urgently required to reduce the environmental impact of abiotic stresses on crop productivity. This project will adopt a multidisciplinary approach combining plant-physiology-molecular biology and synthetic chemistry to investigate the efficacy and mode of action of novel compounds generated by Redag Crop Protection as candidate crop protection products that are effective against abiotic stresses. The ability of compounds to protect crops against the impacts of key abiotic stresses and their mode of action will be examined in planta in controlled environment and glasshouse studies, and in small-scale field trials.

The PhD Project will be based at Lancaster University and supervised jointly by Redag Crop Protection. Redag Crop Protection is a company dedicated to the discovery of novel agrochemicals to alleviate biotic and abiotic stress in crops globally and have teams of synthetic chemists producing novel and patent protected compounds.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, we need you to have an appropriate qualification in English i.e. A score of 6.5 in IELTS (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component), or a minimum overall mark of 93 in TOEFL.

Please also note that tuition fees of £12,964 per year will need to be paid upfront by international students.

Fees and funding

UK students
Fully funded for EU/UK students, fees paid by partner institution
International students
£12,964 per year

This position is fully funded for UK/EU students, meaning that the tuition fees are paid for by the partner business. Fees for Non EU/UK graduates are subsidised from £17,085 per year to £12,964 per year.

You will also receive a tax-free stipend of £15,000 per year (regardless of nationality).

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Centre for Global Eco-Innovation