Knowledge for a sustainable world

Lead Supervisor: Dr Gonçalo D R Silva

Closing date for applications: midnight UTC on 15 August 2019

Badnaviruses are a highly diverse group of plant DNA viruses and have emerged as serious pathogens infecting a wide range of economically important tropical and temperate crop plants worldwide. Furthermore, DNA of some badnavirus species can be found hidden (‘integrated’) in the host plant genome further complicating the detection of true (episomal) virus. This PhD project aims to study diseases caused by globally emerging badnaviruses in a range of agricultural crops (yam, cocoa and grapevine) associated with different environmental contexts. 

Lead Supervisor: Dr G. Mandela Fernández-Grandon

Closing date for applications: midnight UTC on 10 July 2019

Exciting new opportunity for a PhD Scholarship looks at how a new type of environmentally benign pesticide could be affecting the behaviour and physiology of beneficial insects like pollinators, ladybirds and parasitic wasps. The project will explore the possibility that beneficial insects may be able to detect insect-killing fungi and alter their behaviour to avoid it. It will look at how effective they remain in pollination and pest regulation in the presence of these fungi and other pesticidal material.