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The Department of Plant Sciences, Faculty of Biosciences at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant three years PhD position related to “Genetic basis of optical tolerance mechanisms in gray mold (Botrytis cinerea)”. Optical radiation can be used to manage diseases and pests in protected crop production systems. However, some plant pathogenic fungi like Botrytis can avoid being damaged by optical radiation treatments. While UV in combination with red light show great potential against powdery mildew, similar effect has not been seen with gray mold. Presence of melanin pigments, variation of its amount and composition in different tissues of Botrytis, compared with non-pigmented powdery mildews, may be the reason for this effect. The selected candidate will work in our research group to study the relative contribution of melanins and photolyase in optical tolerance of Botrytis cinerea.

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