Welcome to Connected


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

It is funded by the Bristol Centre for Agricultural Innovation (BCAI).

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).

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

1494 Members

85 Countries

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Clean seeds, pest management and more

20th May 2022

Our 7th online seminar took place on Thursday 19th May... with two fascinating talks. Here are a few highlights from what we learned. Read more

Join the 7th Online Seminar – Cassava seed systems and IPM

28th April 2022

The CONNECTED Online Seminar Series is back! Read more

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

21st April 2022

Each month we will be highlighting some particularly interesting chapters from the Burleigh Dodds academic publishing company‘s agricultural science database, which is available free to members… Read more