Fera Sandpit Leads to Co-funded Studentships

At the beginning of the summer academics from the White Rose Universities met with Fera scientists for a Sandpit in the area of Detection and Diagnostics for applications in Agrifood and the Environment. The ultimate objective of this event was to identify 2 to 3 project ideas which could be subsequently developed into joint studentships for 2014.
Fera scientists overviewed some of the science challenges facing them in diagnostics and detection across the agrifood chain which was followed by open discussions as to how new links with White Rose academics could lead to solutions. A number of potential projects were identified including,
1. Endocrine disruption – Chemotoxicity of mixture
2. Endocrine disruption – Biosensors
3. Glyphosate binding proteins/Biosensors
4. Rapid field sensors
5. Conjugation free binding libraries for small molecules
6. Plant responses to the rhizosphere
7. Chemical communication
8. Microbial responses to plants and agricultural practice
9. Bioinformatics

We are pleased to announce that a call for studentships addressing these areas and within the remit of the White Rose BBSRC DTP has now been launched. Call guidance and an application form can be found at