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Cassava mosaic disease - A paradigm for the evolution of insect-transmitted plant virus pathosystems Development project

Hanley-Bowdoin, Linda K

George G Kennedy | Jose Trinidad Ascencio-Ibanez | Ignazio Carbone

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
11/01/2015 - 09/30/2022

Institutional Partner(s):
Mikocheni Agricultural Research Institute (MARI), Tanzania | Rutgers University, USA | Auburn University, USA | Biosciences eastern and central Africa-International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI), Kenya
Funding Agency(s)/Sponsor(s):
National Science Foundation (NSF)

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