Agriculture is a major economic activity, with an annual value of $US1.5 trillion. However, up to a third of the agricultural production is lost due to three major causes: disease outbreaks, insect attack and weed competition. Globally, losses caused by crop diseases are the most important issue, especially in agriculturally-reliant countries. In the absence of resistance, the ideal control method is by early detection in the field, before the disease outbreak spreads to neighbouring farms. So it's essential to develop new disease diagnostic technologies that are sensitive, reproducible, highly specific and able to detect multiple pathogens in a single assay.

Location: St Lucia

Expected outcomes: proficiency in molecular biology and genetic engineering; experience in the interaction between nanotechnology and molecular biology

Supervisors: Professor Jimmy Botella

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