Five years ago I gave at talk at the International Mycological Congress, IMC10, in Bangkok, on the distributions of crop pests and pathogens around the world. One aspect which hadn’t received much attention was the problem of pseudo-absences in the pest distribution data we use, obtained from the CABI Knowledge Bank. CABI’s pest distribution data … Continue reading Revealing the hidden threat from crop pests
Preparing for Fusarium Wilt of Banana in Latin America and the Caribbean We have a PhD position available on the SWBIO Doctoral Training Programme, on the threats facing banana production from Fusarium Wilt, a.k.a. Panama Disease. You can apply here: https://www.swbio.ac.uk/programme/how-to-apply/ Main supervisor: Dr Daniel Bebber (University of Exeter) Second supervisors: Prof Sarah Gurr (University … Continue reading PhD on Fusarium Wilt of Banana
Project Description This project is one of a number that are in competition for funding from the NERC Great Western Four+ Doctoral Training Partnership (GW4+ DTP). For further details about the programme please see http://nercgw4plus.ac.uk/ The Studentship will be awarded on the basis of merit and will commence in September 2018. For eligible students the … Continue reading PhD at the Eden Project – deadline 28th May
Over the past year, my colleagues and I have met with banana producers, importers, retailers, and researchers around the world. A picture is emerging of an industry facing multiple pressures, with important choices to be made to ensure environmental, social, and economic sustainability.
By Dan Bebber
Bananas, the UK’s favourite fruit, appear at first glance to be among our most reliable and resilient fresh produce – they are stocked in every supermarket on every day of the year and their price seldom varies by more than a few pence per kilo. But beneath this apparently smooth and steady supply lies a complex international supply network affected by extreme weather, plant disease, social and political shifts, and the looming threat of climate change. The reliability of banana availability to UK consumers, despite these diverse threats and the fact that only one variety of banana is internationally traded, makes the banana supply…
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Climate, disease, and the international coffee market: Sustainable Futures – MPhil/PhD (Funded) Ref: 3024 About the award This studentship is offered as part of a call between SWBio DTP (BBSRC) and SWDTP (ESRC) for a competition-funded studentship to commence in September 2018. Location: Streatham Campus, Exeter. Academic Supervisors: Professor Steve McCorriston. University of Exeter Dr … Continue reading PhD in Climate, Disease, and the International Coffee Market