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Possible PhD Projects

PhD project titles are listed in the table below, with the names of academic staff at Harper Adams University who could supervise each project.

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If you are able to fund your PhD through your own or your Government's or employer's funding, or if you are intending to apply for a charity sponsored studentship or a Government loan, then please email the relevant member of staff if there are projects which are of interest to you and you would like further information.

  

Project title Department Supervisor
Reproductive physiology in dairy cows Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Dr Emma Bleach
Health aspects of youngstock rearing (dairy and beef calves) Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Dr Emma Bleach
Welfare of: farmed fish (especially in relation to transport), poultry (in relation to transport), pigs, zoo animals Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Dr Moira Harris
Fish pathology/immunology/nutrition Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Dr Tharangani Herath
Sperm-cervix interactions in sheep Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Dr Claire Kershaw-Young
Effect of cryopreservation on sperm transit in the ewe reproductive tract Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Dr Claire Kershaw-Young
Mineral nutrition and the immune system Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Dr Sandy Mackenzie
The use of prebiotics in the management of pig gut health as an alternative to metaphylactic pharmaceutical zinc oxide Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Dr Steve Mansbridge
Circadian and ultradian evaluation of blood plasma metabolomics applied to understand feed efficiency in the bovine Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Dr Yuri Montanholi
Seminal plasma proteomics, metabolomics and reproductive organ tissues micro-structure to further understand the antagonism of feed efficiency and sexual development in young bulls Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Dr Yuri Montanholi
Coping styles as indicators of feed efficiency: responses on glucocorticoids assessments in the blood plasma and fecal extract and adrenal gland micro-structure. Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Dr Yuri Montanholi
Dietary means to reduce heat stress in poultry Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Dr Vasil Pirgozliev
Dietary means to alleviate the negative impact of cocci vaccines on poultry growth performance Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Dr Vasil Pirgozliev
The effect of feed additives on physiological and production traits and its interaction in broiler chickens with thermal tolerance Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Dr Vasil Pirgozliev
Creating value and co-producing healthcare in livestock veterinary services: application of human health care modelling to the animal health sector Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Dr Alison Pyatt
Social science of livestock-acquired zoonoses Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Dr Philip Robinson
Precision grazing management Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Professor Mark Rutter
Using precision livestock technologies to monitor farm animal welfare Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Professor Mark Rutter
The use of unmanned aerial vehicles to monitor and manage free-ranging livestock Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Professor Mark Rutter
Dietary influences on the rumen microbiome and its impact on the performance of dairy cows Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Professor Liam Sinclair
Reducing the environmental impact of dairy cows (N/P/methane) and improving the fatty acid composition of milk Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Professor Liam Sinclair
Improving the trace mineral nutrition of dairy cows Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Professor Liam Sinclair
Enhancing biofumigation of potato cyst nematodes through optimal nutrient inputs Crop and Environment Sciences Dr Matthew Back
Use of solanaceous trap crops for the management of potato cyst nematodes Crop and Environment Sciences Dr Matthew Back
Factors affecting partial biofumigation of potato cyst nematodes. Crop and Environment Sciences Dr Matthew Back
The uptake of feed-in tariffs for on-farm renewable energy installations; Crop and Environment Sciences Dr Jonathan Cooper
Barriers to the development of anaerobic digestion technology on farms; Crop and Environment Sciences Dr Jonathan Cooper
Rural electrification in the Global South. Crop and Environment Sciences Dr Jonathan Cooper
Understanding reproductive and hormonal physiology during drought damage in crop plants Crop and Environment Sciences Professor Peter Kettlewell
Physics and physiology of water loss in film antitranspirant-treated crop plants Crop and Environment Sciences Professor Peter Kettlewell
Temperature-drought interactions in mitigation of crop drought stress by film antitranspirants Crop and Environment Sciences Professor Peter Kettlewell
Identifying wild crops with traits of interest for breeding climate resilient vegetable crops Crop and Environment Sciences Dr Jim Monaghan
Managing the postharvest quality of fresh produce crops Crop and Environment Sciences Dr Jim Monaghan
Agronomic practices for urban production of fruit and vegetable crops Crop and Environment Sciences Dr Jim Monaghan
Factors affecting the efficacy of entomopathogenic nematodes for the control of soil dwelling pests. Crop and Environment Sciences Dr Tom Pope
The biology, ecology and control of Otiorhynchus spp. affecting horticultural crops. Crop and Environment Sciences Dr Tom Pope
Investigating the chemical ecology of aphid hyperparasitoids. Crop and Environment Sciences Dr Tom Pope
Transforming the Urban Landscape through horticulture and technology Crop and Environment Sciences Dr Laura Vickers
Plant-herbivory interactions: Understanding the mechanisms of defence of Latuca sativa against Myzus persicae Crop and Environment Sciences Dr Laura Vickers
Understanding the agronomic and biological attributes for postharvest disorders Crop and Environment Sciences Dr Laura Vickers
Development of agricultural robots Engineering Professor Simon Blackmore
Laser weeding Engineering Professor Simon Blackmore
Novel uses of drones in farming Engineering Professor Simon Blackmore
Veterinary (small and large animal) orthopaedics Engineering Dr Ian Moorcroft
Gait analysis and recovery monitoring Engineering Dr Ian Moorcroft
Development and validation of an electronic nose-based zoonotic disease detection monitor for on-farm applications Food Science and Agri-Food Supply Chain Management Dr Lynn McIntyre
Developing entrepreneurship within young farmers. Land, Farm and Agribusiness Management Richard Byrne
Use of agriculture as a tool of political, economic and social stabilisation in post conflict environments. Land, Farm and Agribusiness Management Richard Byrne
Tackling modern slavery and human trafficking in agricultural systems and supply chains Land, Farm and Agribusiness Management Richard Byrne
Risk Management with focus on Agricultural Insurance and Marine Insurance Land, Farm and Agribusiness Management Hairong Mu
Cost-Benefit analysis of new technology in farming sector Land, Farm and Agribusiness Management Hairong Mu
Pedagogic research: adoption of technology to enhance teaching and learning Land, Farm and Agribusiness Management Hairong Mu
Macroeconomic Policies and Economic Growth Land, Farm and Agribusiness Management Dimitrios Paparas
International Economics, FDI and International Trade. Land, Farm and Agribusiness Management Dimitrios Paparas
Agricultural Economics and Price Transmission of Agricultural Products. Land, Farm and Agribusiness Management Dimitrios Paparas

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