Posts Tagged ‘food production’

Solving molecular mysteries

Linda Hanley-Bowdoin

Over the years he’s spent studying cassava mosaic disease, Tanzanian scientist Dr. Joseph Ndunguru has noted something curious: Wherever there are DNA molecules called satellites associated with the geminiviruses contributing to the disease, symptoms are greater and losses are heavier – even in plants bred specifically to resist the disease.
Figuring out more about those subviral particles could be key, Ndunguru believes, to developing a strategy to beat the disease for good. That’s why he has teamed with CALS’ Dr. Linda Hanley-Bowdoin on a project designed to yield the scientific insight necessary to do just that.

Solving molecular mysteries

Drs. Joseph Ndunguru and Linda Hanley-Bowdoin

Along with two African scientists, CALS’ Dr. Linda Hanley-Bowdoin is focusing on tiny subviral particles that could be the key to addressing big food production problems.

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