Tackling xenobiotic resistance in agriculture: implications for nitrate leaching
OBJECTIVE: to estimate nitrate leaching resulting from a suite of farm management strategies aimed at controlling populations of herbicide-resistant Black-grass in the UK. DETAILS: The student will use a computer model to find sustainable, environmentally sound solutions to an agri-environmental/food security issue caused by an herbicide-resistant weed. The student will undertake 2 weeks of fieldwork to gain a clear understanding of how field data feeds into downstream modelling work. In addition to the main body of work on nitrate leaching, we hope the student would take advantage of the ample time available to add value to the project by introducing climate changes impacts into their work, or by working on improving aspects of the wider project: for example, a student from a qualitative discipline may be interested in improving model usability, automating methodological procedures, or working on multi-model integration. The work would feed into a larger project (http://bgri.info/).