Recent News

May 19, 2017

Allen Miller had the privilege of speaking at the Timothy Hall Memorial Symposium honoring his PhD advisor.  Read more...

April 25, 2017

The Miller and Whitham labs seek postdocs to engineer insect-transmitted plant viruses as expression vectors.  Read more...


April 11, 2017

We ground up soybean aphids from the Midwest and China, Illumina sequenced the RNA, and discovered that aphid viruses are ubiquitous.  Ranging from viruses found in other aphids and in honey bees, to plant viruses vectored by the aphid, to viruses representing whole new families, so novel we're not sure if they infect insects or plants!  Published in the brand new APS journal: Phytobiomes

February 8, 2017

pea enation mosaic virus, virion trimer, aphid transmission





Many plant viruses have very specific interactions with aphid vectors, the "mosquitoes" of the plant world, and Juliette Doumayrou and Melissa Sheber found a key to virus entry into its aphid vector.  Read more...

March 14, 2016

drawing of caged beesViruses contribute to the widespread decline in honey bee health.  Postdoc Jimena Carrillo-Tripp published a key paper revealing which viruses do better than others in mixed infections, and suggesting that viruses cooperate to make bees even sicker.  Read more...

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