2022 RTP New herbicidal modes of action
Applications open: 12/07/2021
Applications close: 30/08/2021
About this scholarship
The use of herbicides in agriculture has greatly improved crop yields through better weed management while also reducing labour and associated costs. Due to the powerful activity of these chemical molecules, many different herbicides have been developed and this has coincided with a dramatic rise in use. Consequently many different resistance mechanisms have developed (akin to antibiotic resistance) which means many frontline herbicides have waned in usefulness to the agricultural community.
Weeds are responsible for $2.5 billion in annual losses in agricultural production for Australia alone. Herbicide intensive ‘no-till’ agriculture reduces soil erosion, but all in all, this widespread use has resulted in serious herbicide resistance issues).
There is therefore an urgent need for the discovery of new herbicides with new modes of action. There are at present about 24 modes of action and resistance has evolved against almost all of them. Research has intensified recently and a couple of herbicides (aclonifen, cinmethylin) have been rediscovered with new modes of action and the truly novel tetflupyrolimet is nearing release, but apart from these cases, all ‘new’ releases for the last 30 years have been reformulations of compounds already in use.
Our lab has found many new plant target proteins that are ‘druggable’ modes of action. Making these potential targets in E. coli and moving them to biochemical assays and obtaining 3D structural information opens a range of possibilities.
- 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.
All applicable HDR courses
We are seeking students with basic molecular biology experience and ideally some undergraduate organic chemistry. There is no need for prior experience in plant biology.
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.
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