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Scholarship details

2022 RTP Agrochemical behaviour in planta

Status: Open

Applications open: 12/07/2021
Applications close: 30/08/2021

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About this scholarship

Diseases are a major cause of crop damage worldwide and most are caused by plant pathogenic (disease-causing) fungi. Fungicides are are a class of pesticides used to protect crops by specifically inhibiting or killing a fungus causing disease. Unlike human medicines, fungicides usually need to be applied before disease occurs or at the first appearance of symptoms to be effective.
Little is known about the lifespan of fungicides inside plants, what each fungicide is bio-transformed into or how environmental conditions or plant species affects the rate and type of biotransformation. Understanding the longevity and efficacy of fungicides in plants will improve our ability to protect crops from disease.
We will use a new mass spectrometer arriving mid-2021 at Curtin University (an OrbiTrap Exploris 120, the first in WA) to monitor fungicide survival, movement and efficacy in various plant species to better understand which fungicides are the best to use for a given crop and disease. Farmers spend significant sums of money in pre-disease crop protection and whether a treatment was worthwhile or not remains unknown; only when no fungicide is used or a treatment fails will disease symptoms be seen. This makes it difficult to determine both value-for-money and success. 

  • Future Students
  • Faculty of Science & Engineering
    • Science courses
  • Higher Degree by Research
  • Australian Citizen
  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • Merit Based

Total value of the annual scholarships (stipend and fees) is approx. $60,000 - $70,000 p.a. Curtin PhD Stipends are valued at $28,597 p.a. for up to a maximum of 3.5 years.

Successful applicants will receive a 100% Fee offset.

Scholarship Details


All applicable HDR courses

We are seeking students with basic biochemistry experience and preferably undergraduate organic chemistry. There is no need for prior experience in plant biology. 

Application process

If this project excites you, and your research skills and experience are a good fit for this specific project, you should email the project lead, expressing your interest (EOI) in this project.

Your EOI email should include your current curriculum vitae, a summary of your research skills and experience and the reason you are interested in this specific project.

Enrolment Requirements

Eligible to enrol in a Higher Degree by Research Course at Curtin University by March 2022


To enquire about this project opportunity contact the Project lead (listed below).

Name: Professor Joshua Mylne 


Contact Number: 9266 4463

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