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 Directors Prof Gary Foster, Dr Andy Bailey and Prof 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.


NEW – Agricultural Organisations Directory

27th January 2023

Just launched! Use this new directory to look up organisations which are relevant to plant health… you can view them by category or see them all on a map. Read more

NEW Biopesticides webinars for members

26th January 2023

We are delighted to announce that CONNECTED members will now be able to participate in three webinars on bio-pesticides, so you can increase your knowledge and ask an expert your questions! Read more

Translating research projects into real-world applications

15th December 2022

We have now selected the six pump-prime funded research teams who will be receiving new CONNECTED funding to exploit, translate and disseminate their work, building on what was learned to take it further or convert it into practical applications that will have a real impact on agriculture. Read more