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Subject: PhD opportunity to study salmon microbiomes
From: Neil Metcalfe <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scientific forum on fish and fisheries <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 27 Apr 2016 11:58:11 +0000
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NEW FUNDED PhD SCHOLARSHIP IS AVAILABLE TO STUDY SALMON MICROBIOMES at the UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW, UK. 
CLOSING DATE MAY 16 2016 
 
Futher details here: https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=74808&LID=559 
 
SalmonSim: A synthetic salmonid intestine to test whether gut microbiota underlie variation in Atlantic salmon metabolic efficiency 
 
Project Abstract 
 
The Scottish Atlantic salmon aquaculture industry (worth £1.4 billion PA) predicts 30% growth by 2020. Expansion is unsustainable given the current reliance on over-exploited wild fish stocks as the food source and poor growth efficiency on alternative feeds. One cause of poor growth efficiency is inefficient digestion, linked to the fish’s metabolic rate. Microbial modification of host metabolism and regulation of fat storage is thought to drive growth profile and adiposity. A greater understanding of the role of microbial diversity in driving variation in host digestive metabolism will reveal routes to improve growth efficiency of fish fed on plant-based diets, but this requires a novel experimental approach. 
 
This interdisciplinary PhD project will explore the contribution of the salmon gut microbiome to observed variation in host energetics (absorption, metabolism, growth) and establish the first ex-vivo synthetic teleost gut, which will act as a test-bed for microbial fermentation of novel feeds and pro, pre and synbiotics. 
 
The supervisors are Dr Martin Llewellyn ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>), Dr Umer Ijaz, Prof. Neil Metcalfe and Prof. Bill Sloan, all at the University of Glasgow. Note that applicants must be from the UK or the EU, and if from the EU must have spent the last 3 years in the UK. 

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