Project Number: 6066-21310-004-17
Start Date: Sep 01, 2012
End Date: Sep 30, 2015
To preserve the effectiveness of resistant cotton lines, it is essential to be able to identify, characterize and monitor the different strains of Cotton Leaf Curl Virus (CLCuV). New tools (predominately based on molecular biology approaches) will be needed to determine the range of different viral strains, track their changes and study how these changes affect virulence. Assessing the range of CLCuV strains, rates of change, and the effect on virulence will require the expertise of a virologist(s) well versed in the area of molecular biology. In addition, resistant transgenic plants developed using ribonucleic acid (RNAi) technologies need to be advanced multiple generations and tested for suitable expression and stability of the RNAi constructs. This will be done in the model tomato system before transferring into cotton.