Seeking a PhD student in Crop Physiology

The Crop Physiology program at the Virginia Tech’s Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Suffolk, VA, is interested in recruiting a Ph.D. candidate for a 2017-2019 funded project aimed at improving drought tolerance of peanut. The project is in collaboration with physiologist and peanut breeder at the North Carolina State University with a view towards identifying peanut lines with drought tolerance for the mid-Atlantic region. Research will be conducted using rainout shelters, and irrigated and non-irrigated field trials in farmers’ fields in Virginia. Whole plant physiological mechanisms of interest include, but are not limited to, photosynthesis, transpiration and water use, stomatal conductance, and various vegetation indices such as NDVI, Canopy temperature, and other digital vegetation indices. These indices will be collected with sensors on the ground and on an unmanned aerial octocopter platform. To explain the physiological mechanisms at the molecular level, two RIL (F6:7) families were developed and are ready for phenotyping and genotyping in collaboration with faculty in the plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Sciences (PPWS) department at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. Starting as soon as summer (May-June) of 2017 is possible.


If you are interested please contact Dr. Maria Balota ( and/or apply to the Graduate Programs of the PPWS department following this link: