Francis Wamonje
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Francis Wamonje is a final year PhD student at the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge. Over the past four years he has been part of the Virology and Molecular Plant Pathology group (John Carr’s Lab). His current work mainly focuses on common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.), an important crop worldwide and particularly in East Africa, and its viruses. The aim is to understand how changes in plant biochemistry caused by virus infection alter the behaviour of aphids. Understanding this interaction will enable the assessment of potential risks or benefits of these interactions for disease management. As part of a multi-disciplinary effort, the project aims to identify, generate and adapt knowledge and tools (including gene sequences, semio-chemicals and epidemiological models) needed to protect beans. Francis recently co-authored an authoritative review on Bean viruses titled: Bean common mosaic virus and Bean common mosaic necrosis virus: relationships, biology and prospects for control in Advances in Virus Research. Francis previously worked as a research assistant at the Biosciences east and central Africa Hub at the International Livestock Research Institute in Nairobi, Kenya.

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