The 13 PhD projects on the NexGenAgriChem programme focus on the development of chemical tools and technologies that probe two widely recognised technological bottlenecks in agrochemical research:
(i) the DELIVERY of agrochemicals within plants and pests at the molecular level (e.g. agrochemical uptake and distribution profiles within the cell)
(ii) the DESTINY of agrochemicals within plants and pests at the molecular level (e.g. an agrochemical’s mode of action, stability, non-specific binding and species specificity)
Research conducted during these projects will ultimately make step changes in the efficiency of the agrochemical pipeline and will therefore support the downstream development of novel and durable strategies for defence mechanisms and yield increases in plants.