Applications are now OPEN.
The Drought Tolerance Honours Scholarship will provide financial support for a student undertaking the following research project in 2017 as part of an Honours year:
Irrigated dairy pastures in northern Victoria and southern NSW are increasingly expected to survive over summer with less available irrigation water. It has been observed that some cultivars of the dominant sown pasture species, perennial ryegrass, are better able to survive these conditions than others. This project will study a number of contrasting ryegrass cultivars differing in their ability to survive summer moisture deficit aiming to identify reasons for this differing performance. The student will develop skills in plant & soil water status (relations) measurement. Skills using psychrometers for water/osmotic potential, other detailed phenomic traits including stomatal conductance, leaf elongation rate, plant water use rate, plant excision and extraction procedures for water soluble CHOs will also be developed. Observation of sugar measurement techniques using HPLC or specialised kits will occur. Analysis and interpretation of data will be required. Supervision will be provided by Dr Mark Norton & Dr Alison Southwell.
The scholarship has a total value of $6,000 for the equivalent of 32 or more subject points. This would comprise of $3,000 stipend (to be paid to the student in two instalments) and $3,000 operating funds to support the project.
Applications close 5pm Friday 21st April 2017.