Knowledge for a sustainable world

Supervisors: Dr Mandela Fern├índez-GrandonDr Gon├žalo D R Silva & Dr Sophie Bouvaine

Closing date for applications: Applications must be complete, including both references, by 24th Jan 2020

Cacao swollen shoot disease (CSSD) is devastating the production of cacao in West Africa and consequently trammelling socioeconomic development in the region and threatening global production of chocolate. The virus responsible, Cacao swollen shoot virus (CSSV, genus Badnavirus) is spread by mealybugs feeding on the cacao and is recognised as the causal agent of the most economically important disease in cacao, accounting for yield losses of between 15-50% (Ameyaw, 2019).