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Department of Plant Sciences


Research group


Research overview

My research interests lie in ecology, epidemiology and evolution. At present I study the dynamics of a number of plant arboviruses. These include those that are "non-persistently" transmitted by aphids, as well as several important viruses of cassava that are transmitted by whitefly (cassava mosaic virus, cassava brown streak virus). I collaborate on empirical and modelling research with colleagues in the molecular plant pathology group of Prof. John Carr (Plant Sciences, Cambridge), and on field experiments in East Africa with colleagues at BecA ILRI (Nairobi).


Postdoctoral Research Associate
Dr Ruairi  Donnelly

Contact Details

Email address: 
Department of Plant Sciences,
Downing Street,
01223 330228