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Molecular characterization of viruses affecting fruit and vegetable crops

Principal Investigators: 
Prof. Paula Tennant

The primary objective of the research is to perform comprehensive assessments of the genetic diversity and structure of virus populations affecting economically important fruit and vegetable crops. Work with papaya ringspot virus has shown that the virus collected over a five year period share lower similarities, and appear to be changing at rates different than those reported in other coutnries, presumably because of introductions, movement of plant materials and geographical isolation.

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