PATHUM THANI: Dozens of Asian scientists and researchers working on Tospovirus resistance breeding, participated in a hands-on Workshop on August 2 and 3 at the Thailand Science Park in Pathum Thani province, north of Bangkok. The Workshop is part of ongoing Private-Public research collaboration between APSA members and the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC) of the National Science and Technology Development Agency, Ministry of Science and Technology (NSTDA). Vectored (transmitted) via small pests such as thrips, the tospovirus genus includes no less than 19 discovered species that have caused significant economic damages globally, affecting cultivators of various types of crops, especially of the Solanaceous (tomatos, peppers, eggplants) and Cucurbitaceae (watermelon and cucumbers) families. Scheduled and funded from 2015-2017 the initial stage of the APSA-BIOTEC collaboration involved developing efficient inoculation protocol for researchers to be able to apply in their own respective tospovirus resistnce breeding programs.
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