Think about all the potato dishes you eat: mashed potatoes with gravy, Hasselback potatoes with chives, french fries on the side. Now imagine if these dishes suddenly became a rarity due to a potato scarcity. This is essentially what’s happening in some African countries where the cassava crops – a staple tuber root as essential to African cuisine as the potato is to American cuisine — are being overtaken by the Cassava Mosaic Disease (CMD)… NC State recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation Partnerships for International Research and Education (NSF-PIRE) which will allow a team of professors and researchers to visit Kenya and Tanzania to find the factors that influence how the viruses that cause CMD change and evolve… The principal investigators in this project are Linda Hanley-Bowdoin, a William Neal Reynolds distinguished professor of plant and microbial biology George Kennedy, a William Neal Reynolds distinguished professor of entomology, and Siobain Duffy, an assistant professor of ecology, evolution and natural resources at Rutgers University. There are five other professors as well as five East African partners on this project.
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