Welcome to Connected

CONNECTED is building a sustainable network of international scientists and researchers to address the challenges of vector-borne plant viruses.

The network is currently funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) International from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

CONNECTED is led from the University of Bristol, UK by Network Director, Professor Gary Foster. The Network Co-Director is Professor Neil Boonham (Newcastle University).

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Network members are forging new links and consolidating existing ones to provide the collaborative, multidisciplinary approach essential for tackling vector-borne disease.

A key objective is to enable network members to successfully apply for research funding. To enable this, CONNECTED provided pump-prime funding for a wide range of short term research projects to be used as the basis for future funding applications with national and international funding organisations.

The network is working together with funders, farmers, stakeholders and policy makers.

Anyone with an interest in plant virus vector-borne disease can become a network member. It is simple and free to join, using this link.

A truly global network

1529 Members

87 Countries

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My summer at CONNECTED

29th September 2022

From working at CONNECTED I have realised that I want to follow a career path less focused on laboratory work and more focused on communicating research and policy in relation to plant diseases, the environment or climate change. Read more

From Sentinel Plants to Trap Crops: our 8th online seminar

29th September 2022

We were delighted to see a good number of members at our 8th online seminar, which featured two superb talks by Dr Wubetu Bihon Legesse and Dr Tom Pope. Here are some of the things we learned... Read more

First international plant health conference

28th September 2022

The CONNECTED team recently attended the first ever International Plant Health Conference, organised by the Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Read more