PhD Opportunity - Sustainable soil management for stand longevity and yield optimization in asparagus

Application start and end date: 
31st January 2018 to 15th February 2018
Full time
This is a fully funded Cranfied-AHDB-Cobrey Farms studentship with £31.5k research consumables, £18k per annum stipend and fees covered.
United Kingdom

This PhD is a continuation of an existing field trial that was set up in 2016 to critically evaluate best management practices (BMPs) to prevent and/or remediate compaction, reduce runoff and erosion in asparagus wheelings and promote stand longevity. This project, FV450, will now be extended (2018-2021) as a Cranfield-AHDB PhD studentship.

The FV450 project has successfully generated a baseline root architectural survey for 2 asparagus varieties, baseline soil compaction and structural assessments and implemented several of the BMPs. However, in order to assess the long term impact of the proposed BMPs on root architecture and stand longevity it is essential that this research continues.

Applicants should hold a first or 2:1 level or equivalent in subjects such as Agriculture, Environmental Science, Geography or Natural Sciences. Experience in soil science or plant measurements is desirable.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Rob Simmons ( or Dr Sarah De Baets (