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Innovative science communication coaching by video conference

19 early career researcher network members in 10 countries have taken part in, or been awarded places to, innovative science communication coaching sessions delivered by video-conference. The CONNECTED Network piloted the sessions in January 2020 and, following positive feedback from participants (see below),…

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Network members funded to attend bioinformatics training

Meet two of our network members who successfully applied for CONNECTED funding to attend a leading bioinformatics course at The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala: • Rose Tafadzwa Masekesa from The University of Zimbabwe, and • Leke Walter Nkeabeng from The Institute of Agricultural…

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‘Our plants; Our future’: a two-day conference supported by CONNECTED

The CONNECTED Virus Network is proud to support ‘Our plants; Our future’, a two-day scientific conference being held in London, UK, at the Royal Society. It marks the International Year of Plant Health 2020, and will showcase the best of UK plant health…

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“Protecting Plant Health in a changing world” conference

The first International Plant Health Conference will be convened in Helsinki on 5-8 October 2020 on the theme “Protecting Plant Health in a Changing World”. Hosted by the government of Finland, the Conference will be one of the key events of the International…

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The case for renewal of CONNECTED: network members speak

CONNECTED is a fixed-term project, funded by the UK government until December 2020. If the growing 1,400-plus member network is going to continue to extend its influence, renewal of the project into 2021 and beyond is vital. The network’s members are its greatest…

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The control of aphids and the spread of plant viruses

This is one of a series of articles about the 20 research projects for which CONNECTED provided pump-prime funding. A full set of articles about all 20 projects can be found here. The prevalence of ‘plant-vectored’ insect-pathogenic viruses in Kenya and their potential…

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Reflecting on 2019 … looking ahead to 2020

As we head towards the end of 2019, the CONNECTED Network is reflecting on some of the highlights of the year, and looking ahead to the next 12 months. Here are a few 2019 highlights in numbers: 1,300 network members & counting 3…

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Maize lethal necrosis: Assessing virus diversity and identifying uncharacterised viruses

This is one of a series of articles about the 20 research projects for which CONNECTED provided pump-prime funding. A full set of articles about all 20 projects can be found here. Tracking genetic diversity and development of diagnostic tools for maize lethal…

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Developing a diagnostic testing tool for on-site use to detect virus threats to food crops

This is one of a series of articles about the 20 research projects for which CONNECTED provided pump-prime funding. A full set of articles about all 20 projects can be found here. Rapid and inexpensive diagnostic tools for virus disease surveillance in sub-Saharan…

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Assessing the presence and diversity of insect-transmitted viruses in tomato and pepper

This is one of a series of articles about the 20 research projects for which CONNECTED provided pump-prime funding. A full set of articles about all 20 projects can be found here. Characterising viral diversity in vegetable crops to enable targeted resistance breeding…

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