We are seeking applicants for a PhD project which aims to develop novel approaches to identify drought stress tolerance in trees, based at the University of Tasmania, working with world leaders in tree physiology and genetics from Australia and New Zealand.
This project aims to develop novel approaches to identify drought stress tolerance in trees, working with world leaders in tree physiology and genetics from Australia and New Zealand. Cutting edge technology will be used to measure water stress and growth, both in the lab and the field, to search for genetic variation in these traits within species. The project will focus on radiata pine, a globally important species for softwood plantations, with scope to extend into iconic native tree species. The project is part of a broader research area, led by Scion (New Zealand Forest Research Ltd.) using remote sensing and artificial intelligence to develop new ways of phenotyping forest trees, with high precision at unprecedented scales. This will help to better understand how different genetic material performs in different environments, allowing us to better face the huge uncertainties in establishing and management of future forests in the face of climate change.
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