and vector management
The main objective of this research focus is to develop an integrated virus and vector management strategy.
This strategy will include:
- Targeting the whitefly vector of begomoviruses, i.e. the Bemisia tabaci, in order to reduce the incidence of begomoviruses such as the Tomato leaf curl New Delhi virus (ToLCNDV).
- Developing a vaccination strategy to combat the devastating non-vector transmitted tobamovirus Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV).
- Evaluating the performance of natural virus and vector resistances in practical conditions.
- Combining different strategies such as vector control, natural resistance and/or vaccination in an integrated virus management approach.