Weed ecology with special attention to soil seed banks

  • Description of the research topic

    Losses caused by weeds is one of the major problems in agriculture worldwide. Their major harmful effect is expressed via yield loss of the cultivated plants, although some weeds also responsible for human health damage via allergenic pollens. Most of the weeds are annual species with high rate of seed production, and they maintain their presence in crop fields using two main modes, that are: (1) maintaining autochtonous soil seed banks, and (2) establishing themselves from allochtonous seed rain. Within the PhD research some selected weed species will be studied from seed ecological points of view. A successful candidate will be experienced with field study design and subsequent collection and analysis of seed and soil samples as well as biomass allocation measurements on weeds under various ecological conditions. Travel to field sites is required. Successful applicants will have ample opportunity to learn a large scale of methods and data analyses in seed ecology and will be trained to scientific paper writings.

    Thesis supervisor: Márton Berki

    Required language skills: English
    Further requirements: Applicants must possess a high degree of motivation and self-reliance. Completed MSc in agriculture, biology, horticulture or a related field and an outstanding work ethic is required. Experience of working with data sets would be an advantage.

    How to Apply?

    If you are interested apply here:[PhD] Doctoral School of Environmental Sciences – Eötvös Loránd University (elte.hu)

    For more information visite the following website:Doctoral School of Environmental Sciences (elte.hu)

  • Funded: Not Funded

    Master Degree: Required

    Duration: 4 Years

    Full/Part Time: Full Time

    Starting Date: 06 September 2021

    Deadline to Apply: 31 May 2021

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