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10th Webinar: Virus diagnostics, HTS & library preparation

The next CONNECTED webinar will be on:

Thursday 16th March 2023
10.30am to 12.00pm GMT (Please check time zone differences)

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Talks and speakers as follows:

Virus symptoms and diagnostics

Dr Adrian Fox, Fera Science Ltd, UK

How can you find out which specific virus is causing a disease? Dr Fox will talk about ways of identifying a virus through the symptoms it causes in crops and the diagnostic techniques used for virus identification.

High throughout sequencing (HTS) and library preparation

Dr Ian Adams, Fera Science Ltd, UK

Have you ever wanted to know more about High Throughput Sequencing? Learn more about this powerful technology and get your questions answered! Dr Adams will also give you some tips and tricks on library preparation for HTS.

About our speakers

Dr Adrian Fox

Dr Adrian Fox has over 20 years’ experience in plant virology. He has participated as an external expert on working groups for European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), including co-authorship of a scientific opinion/risk assessment on Pospiviroids and risk assessment on Chrysanthemum stunt viroid. Adrian has authored or co-authored over 25 peer-reviewed papers, New Disease Reports and book chapters.

He is also a member of the International Committee on Plant Virus Epidemiology and is the chair of the European Association of Potato Research Virology Section.

Dr Ian Adams is currently technical lead for high throughput sequencing at Fera. His interests centre around the use of molecular biology tools such as DNA sequencing, real-time PCR, microarrays and LAMP to aid in the identification and diagnosis of plant pests and diseases as well as studying the microbiome associated with plant disease.

His work has helped identify a number of novel plant disease causing viruses both in UK crops and crops of significance to developing countries such as maize and cassava. Based on these findings he designed Real time assays to a number of key viruses and these are now in use both at Fera and throughout Eastern Africa.

Ian Adams lab group photo 1
Ian and delegates during the CONNECTED V4 training programme, Bristol, June 2019