Fully funded PhD studentship: MICRO MINERAL STATUS AND FLUX OF GRAZING LIVESTOCK FARMS.
University of Bristol, Department of Sustainable Agriculture Sciences, in collaboration with the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol, Rothamstead Research, and Alltech.
*Note that the ideal candidate will have a background in geochemistry, biogeochemistry, or similar, and have an interest in sustainable agriculture.
Closing date Friday 13 April, 2018, 17:30 GMT
Project Description: The mineral nutrient content of pasture herbage is important because plants form the link between the soil and grazing animals. Even though the vital role of mineral nutrients in animal health and performance has been realized for many decades, mineral nutrient bioavailability from pasture still causes many grazing livestock diseases. We seek a biogeochemist to unlock the mystery of mineral nutrient bioavailability to grazing livestock.The project will reveal the flux of mineral nutrients on farm following supplementation of organic mineral nutrients or inorganic mineral nutrients to livestock. The successful applicant will track mineral nutrient flux between manure, soil, pasture and loss to water following supplementation to livestock. The mineral nutrient status of the animals and manure and the subsequent status of soil, forage and water will be mapped and the interplay of mineral nutrients identified through the cycle to determine the mineral nutrient balance on farm.
Eligibility: Applications are invited from students who have/expect to graduate with a first/upper-second UK honours degree, or equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK. Open to all nationalities.
Funding: Full funding is available (all nationalities) for three years and covers fees plus an annual stipend. The stipend will be £14,553 (2017/18).