Call for application: PhD fellowship on Feasibility Study for Biological Control of Fall Armyworm (FAW)

Short Description

The noctuid Spodoptera frugiperda, commonly known as fall armyworm (FAW), has recently become a new invasive species on the African continent. It is already having severe impacts on a wide range of graminaceous plants including important crops and particularly on maize. In West and Central Africa, outbreaks were recorded for the first time in early 2016. Introduction pathways and period are not certain, but DNA-analyses demonstrate that there is likely to have been more than one introduction.

About this Project

The Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research1 (NIBIO) has an opening for a PhD fellowship within the Division of Biotechnology and Plant Health, on Feasibility Study for Biological Control of Fall Armyworm (FAW). The fellowship is in collaboration with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), and the National University of Agriculture (UNA-Benin). The PhD-student will be enrolled at NMBU in ├ůs, Norway, and receive supervision from NIBIO, NMBU, IITA and UNA. Field- and lab-work will be conducted in Benin. Kindly download attachment for details.