PhD The role of vector behaviour and competence on the spread of Cacao Swollen Shoot Virus

As part of this exciting interdisciplinary project, the student will explore aspects of vector behaviour, competence in spreading the virus, and the chemical ecology associated with the system. This approach is focused around the three following broad objectives:

  • Identification of volatiles associated with CSSV infection
  • Testing the behavioural response of the vector to infected/non infected material
  • Molecular characterisation of the mealybugs present in infected fields and measuring the species/populations ability to transmit the virus.