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Scott T Adkins

Laboratory Director
Dr. Scott Adkins

Research Plant Pathologist

Adkins lab team: Carrie Vanderspool and Scott Adkins

U. S. Horticultural Research Laboratory
2001 South Rock Road
Fort Pierce, FL 34945
Telephone: (561) 462-5885
Fax: (561) 462-5986

Current Research Projects

Virus and Virus-like Diseases of Vegetables

  • Identification of viruses responsible for major economic losses in vegetables.
  • Characterization of tomato spotted wilt virus proteins at molecular and biochemical levels to identify their functions in viral replication.
  • Refinement of in vitro assays for evaluation of potential viral replication inhibitors.
  • Evaluation of appropriateness of characterized proteins/processes for viral diagnostic and management strategies.
Tomato spotted wilt virus symptoms on an indicator plant

Tomato spotted wilt virus symptoms
on an indicator plant.

Selected Publications

Adkins, S. 2000. Tomato spotted wilt virus - positive steps towards negative success. Molec. Plant Path. 1:151-157.

Adkins, S. and C.C. Kao. 1998. Subgenomic RNA promoters dictate the mode of recognition by bromoviral RNA-dependent RNA polymerases. Virology 252:1-8.

Adkins, S., Stawicki, S.S., Faurote, G., Siegel, R.W. and C.C. Kao. 1998. Mechanistic analysis of RNA synthesis by RNA-dependent RNA polymerase from two promoters reveals similarities to DNA-dependent RNA polymerase. RNA 4:455-470.

Adkins, S., Siegel, R.W., Sun, J.-H. and C.C. Kao. 1997. Minimal templates directing accurate initiation of subgenomic RNA synthesis in vitro by the brome mosaic virus RNA-dependent RNA polymerase. RNA 3:634-647.

Adkins, S., Choi, T.-J., Israel, B.A., Bandla, M.D., Richmond, K.E., Schultz, K.T., Sherwood, J.L. and T.L. German. 1996. Baculovirus expression and processing of tomato spotted wilt tospovirus glycoproteins. Phytopathology 86:849-855.

Adkins, S., Quadt, R., Choi, T.-J., Ahlquist, P. and T. German. 1995. An RNA-dependent RNA-polymerase activity associated with virions of tomato spotted wilt virus, a plant- and insect-infecting bunyavirus. Virology 207:308-311.