The Australian Grains Pest Innovation Program (AGPIP) is offering 4 fully funded scholarships for students interested in cutting-edge science, environmental sustainability and agricultural innovation.
AGPIP is an investment by the Grains Research and Development Corporation and the University of Melbourne in collaboration with cesar. The program looking at improved sustainability in invertebrate pest management practices among Australian grain growers.
As a scholarship recipient, you will work in a collaborative team at the University of Melbourne under the supervision of renowned Laureate Professor Ary Hoffmann, Associate Professor Paul Umina, Dr Jessica Lye, Dr James Maino, Dr Perran Stott-Ross, Dr Qiong Yang, Dr Xinyue Gu and other notable researchers.
You will have the opportunity to select from a number of different research topics and speciality areas, including:
- Interactions between symbionts and virus transmission for agricultural pest control;
- A genetic investigation of bacterial symbionts in vector aphids;
- Manipulating bacterial symbionts in aphids for improved pest control;
- Exploring interactions between symbionts and parasitoid wasps;
- Understanding the real costs of neonicotinoids in Australian agriculture;
- Predicting migration cues in aphids;
- Exploring the role of plant stress in pest outbreaks;
- Investigating the role of knowledge types in pest management decision-making; and
- Exploration of the environmental factors influencing knowledge transfer.
For more information or to apply for a scholarship position, email the Pest & Environmental Adaptation Research Group (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the University of Melbourne.
AGPIP is a collaboration between the Pest & Environmental Adaptation Research Group at the University of Melbourne and cesar. The Program is a co-investment by the Grains Research and Development Corporation and the University of Melbourne, together with in-kind contributions from all program partners.