PhD Diversity and evolution of plant DNA viruses, University of Greenwich

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. The proposed 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. This implies that the prospective student should be willing to do field sample collection in the UK and Africa.