Biosciences: Enhancing Japanese Knotweed Control and Long-Term Site Restoration

  • Deadline: January 27, 2017
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The social, economic and ecological impact of Japanese knotweed (JK) is profound. Treatment costs £200 million per year in the UK as a whole and £9 million for Wales alone. The project forms part of a long-term study on JK treatment and will focus on habitat restoration and investigate the efficacy of control under different environmental conditions. Effective control methods have been identified, but the future challenges are to enhance the activity of the herbicides.

Scholarships are collaborative awards with external partners including SMEs and micro companies, as well as public and third sector organisations. The scholarship provides 3 years of funding with a 6 month period to complete the thesis. The achievement of a postgraduate skills development award, PSDA, is compulsory for each KESS II scholar and is based on a 60 credit award.


Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in their undergraduate degree in Biology/Ecology/Environmental Biology or a related subject. They should also be eligible for Home/UK Fees (see for more information)

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The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend. The bursary will be limited to a maximum of £14,198 p.a. dependent upon the applicant's financial circumstances as assessed in section C point 4 on the KESS II Participant Proposal Form.


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