PhD Integrated Management of Lettuce Downy Mildew

The studentship will capitalise on the availability of the genome sequence of B. lactucae to develop and use neutral and/or functional molecular markers to examine population diversity in B. lactucae populations in the UK and to link this diversity to phenotypic characteristics including pathogen race, fungicide sensitivity, geographical location, lettuce variety and other important parameters. This work is designed to form the basis of a future lettuce downy mildew national outbreak information service for growers and to contribute to an Integrated Pest Management approach for lettuce downy mildew.