Welcome to Cassava Virus Evolution!
Molecular evolution of plant viruses occurs through a combination of point mutations, recombination and reassortment of viral genome components. These processes produce a high degree of variation that undergoes selection to generate a subset of viral variants well adapted to their plant hosts and efficiently transmitted by their insect vectors.
Welcome to Cassava Virus Evolution!
Molecular evolution of plant viruses occurs through a combination of point mutations, recombination and reassortment of viral genome components. These processes produce a high degree of variation that undergoes selection to generate a subset of viral variants well adapted to their plant hosts and efficiently transmitted by their insect vectors.
Welcome to Cassava Virus Evolution!
Molecular evolution of plant viruses occurs through a combination of point mutations, recombination and reassortment of viral genome components. These processes produce a high degree of variation that undergoes selection to generate a subset of viral variants well adapted to their plant hosts and efficiently transmitted by their insect vectors.
Welcome to Cassava Virus Evolution!
Molecular evolution of plant viruses occurs through a combination of point mutations, recombination and reassortment of viral genome components. These processes produce a high degree of variation that undergoes selection to generate a subset of viral variants well adapted to their plant hosts and efficiently transmitted by their insect vectors.
Welcome to Cassava Virus Evolution!
Molecular evolution of plant viruses occurs through a combination of point mutations, recombination and reassortment of viral genome components. These processes produce a high degree of variation that undergoes selection to generate a subset of viral variants well adapted to their plant hosts and efficiently transmitted by their insect vectors.
Welcome to Cassava Virus Evolution!
Molecular evolution of plant viruses occurs through a combination of point mutations, recombination and reassortment of viral genome components. These processes produce a high degree of variation that undergoes selection to generate a subset of viral variants well adapted to their plant hosts and efficiently transmitted by their insect vectors.
Alana Jacobson with Sara Obama, President Obama's grandmother
Our team and audience
Postdoc Will Sharpee looking for whiteflies on the backs of cassava leaves
George Kennedy collecting whiteflies
Postdoc Gaby Chavez on local transport
Whiteflies
All of our samples

Why prioritize the Cassava Mosaic Virus?

Cassava is a major food crop in Africa and Asia. Cassava can grow under drought, high temperature and poor soil conditions, but its production is severely limited by viral diseases. Cassava Mosaic Disease (CMD) is one of the most economically important crop diseases in Africa.

TWITTER BLOCK

I really enjoyed Dr. Clark's talk as well, especially all the info on history and symptomology. Nice job moderating!
Don't worry, virus taxonomy is far from a solved problem! Will soon be in tumult, with a switch to speci… https://t.co/n2MAu0sE2N
RT : The March program for our Convolvulaceae seminar series is out! 🦠🍠🌸🍃🌎 Viruses, "tuberous roots" (or what should w… https://t.co/TFq5VYCSAR
Interesting work, congrats on getting this online! The following looks like the code for th… https://t.co/Yr9Wqv0C4n
RT : We keep saying that geminiviruses encode 4-8 proteins only - and maybe we are wrong. New pre-print from our lab, in… https://t.co/9tpJ1cQXpm