Cassava mosaic disease - A paradigm for the evolution of insect-transmitted plant virus pathosystems Development project
Hanley-Bowdoin, Linda K

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Collaborator(s):
  George G Kennedy | Jose Trinidad Ascencio-Ibanez | Ignazio Carbone
Description:
 

PIRE: U.S.-East Africa Research and Education Partnership. "In this project we are asking for the bottlenecks of viral evolution during infection in cassava and during transmission through the whitefly (Bemisia tabaci). We will train our personnel in a tomato model (with a bipartite begomovirus) in the U.S. before going to Africa (particularly in Kenya and Tanzania) to perform our experiments with the native geminiviruses infecting cassava. We anticipate to understand the drivers of selection within the plant host and the vector in order to expand our understanding of the pathosystem"

Region(s)/Country(s):
  Kenya | Tanzania
Dates:
  11/01/2015 - 11/30/2020
Institutional Partner(s):
  Mikocheni Agricultural Research Institute (MARI), Tanzania | Rutgers University, USA | Auburn University | Biosciences eastern and central Africa-International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI)
Funding Agency(s)/Sponsor(s):
  National Science Foundation¬†(NSF)


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