PhD Projects at SCPS
We welcome enquiries from any eligible candidates who wish to pursue a specific project within the research areas of Southern Cross Plant Science.
The following outlines specific project areas currently available.
- Cereal and oilseed grain composition, quality: protein, phospholipids; starch; oil; other nutritional components
- Brassica crop genetics, genomics and pre-breeding
- Rice genetics, genomics, and pre-breeding
- Rice grain storage proteins and their impact on rice eating quality.
- Proteomics of under-utilized, alternative crops to understand abiotic stress tolerance
- Brassica crop proteomics
- Brassica seed protein, mustard oil and phytate composition
- Genotype x Environment interactions - from trait to gene
- Arable crop abiotic stress (eg salt stress, water stress)
- Arable crop nutrition
- Impact of N fertilizer on rice grain storage proteins.
- Mitigation of Green House Gasses in agriculture
- Use of legume cover crops reduce nitrous oxide emissions compared to nitrogen fertilisers
- Ammonia and nitrous oxide losses from chicken manure.
- Essential oil production: agronomy, purification, chemical analysis, genetic improvement
- Characterisation of hemp genetic resources and improvement of industrial hemp germplasm
- Crop-and GIS-based interactive database development for Crop Genetics and pre-breeding.
- Plant comparative genomics.
- Genetic resource management and characterisation
- Plantation tree genetics and genomics (eg fruits, nuts, coffee, tea, tea-tree)
- Genetic consequences of planting hybrid eucalypts for forestry
- Crop and forest tree domestication, phylogenetics and gene flow, including landscape studies
- Medicinal plant Herbarium, Herbarium management and characterisation.
- Industrial hemp genetics: contact Prof Graham King