Thesis topic proposal
Péter Csontos
Weed ecology with special attention to soil seed banks


Institute: Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
environmental sciences
Doctoral School of Environmental Sciences

Thesis supervisor: Péter Csontos
Location of studies (in Hungarian): ELTE, Centre of Environmental Sciences
Abbreviation of location of studies: ELTE

Description of the research topic:

Losses caused by weeds is one of the major problems in agriculture worldwide. Their major harmful effect is expressed via yield loss of the cultivated plants, although some weeds also responsible for human health damage via allergenic pollens. Most of the weeds are annual species with high rate of seed production, and they maintain their presence in crop fields using two main modes, that are: (1) maintaining autochtonous soil seed banks, and (2) establishing themselves from allochtonous seed rain. Within the PhD research some selected weed species will be studied from seed ecological points of view. A successful candidate will be experienced with field study design and subsequent collection and analysis of seed and soil samples as well as biomass allocation measurements on weeds under various ecological conditions. Travel to field sites is required. Successful applicants will have ample opportunity to learn a large scale of methods and data analyses in seed ecology and will be trained to scientific paper writings.

Required language skills: English
Further requirements: 
Applicants must possess a high degree of motivation and self-reliance. Completed MSc in agriculture, biology, horticulture or a related field and an outstanding work ethic is required. Experience of working with data sets would be an advantage.

Number of students who can be accepted: 1

Deadline for application: 2023-05-31

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