The goal of this four year PhD Programme is to enhance human resource capacities in the use and management of genetic variation in agricultural and natural systems, to improve the sustainability of agricultural systems and the conservation of genetic resources for the well-being of present and future generations. Candidates can choose between two curricula:

Curriculum A – Plant genetic resources

Curriculum B – Functional biodiversity in agroecosystems

Here are some examples of research areas tackled by the PhD Programme:

  • Genetic variation in single genes and entire genomes of agricultural and forestry plants and their wild relatives.
  • Mechanisms that control the variability in genes and/or groups of genes, as those involved in resistance to pathogens and/or pests and tolerance to environmental factors.
  • Role of functional biodiversity in maintaining genetic diversity, including evolution and co-evolution of pests/pathogens and host plants.
  • Role of functional diversity, including interactions between pests/ pathogens/weeds and domesticated/volunteer/wild plants, in agroecosystem health.
  • Plant and crop physiology, including plant stress physiology and post-harvest physiology.
  • Application of agrobiodiversity solutions at genetic, species and habitat level to improve crop performance, crop protection, sustainable crop/agroforestry management and multifunctional land use.

Positions: 4 positions with scholarships.

Beginning of the PhD Programme: October, 1st 2022

Information Tel: +39 050.882.604


More information in attachments.

Call 2022-23
File PDF – 103 kb
Annex to the Call PhD in Agrobiodiversity
File PDF – 500 kb

How to apply:

Submission deadline for the online application: May, 31st 2022 at 12.00 p.m. (noon – Italian time)


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