"Multiscale approaches for understanding insect vector-virus relationships to improvTe agriculture productivity"
MEETING LINK: https://ucr.zoom.us/j/5933726162
MEETING ID: 593-372-6162
The whitefly, Bemisia tabaci is a notorious vector for viruses that infect food and fiber crops. Among the hundreds of viruses that are transmitted by B. tabaci, several have emerged as being especially devastating, including Tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV), which impacts tomato production globally, and Cassava brown streak virus (CBSV), which severely affects cassava production in East Africa. The increasing global challenge to manage whiteflies and whitefly-transmitted viruses creates am interest to both understand the fundamental mechanisms that enable B. tabaci to be an efficient vector for viruses, as well as a practical need to develop novel management strategies that are effective and sustainable. In this seminar, I’ll present an overview of some of my postdoctoral work, which includes using genomic and transcriptomic approaches to understand the mechanisms that mediate whitefly-virus interactions, which has guided the development of RNA interference technology to manage whiteflies in the U.S. and East Africa. Now, as a new Research Entomologist with USDA-ARS in Salinas, CA, I will also highlight the progress made on additional projects, which includes understanding the epidemiology of a thrips-transmitted virus affecting commercial lettuce production in the Salinas Valley of California.
Monday, March 30 at 4:00pm to 4:50pm
Zoom Webinar, Meeting link: https://ucr.zoom.us/j/5933726162 Meeting ID: 593-372-6162
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