Molecular mechanisms of plant viruses
How cells decode the genetic code
Sustainable control of crop diseases and pests
The Miller and Whitham labs seek postdocs to engineer insect-transmitted plant viruses as expression vectors. Read more...
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.
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...
Viruses 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...
A collaboration with bioinformaticist Andrew Firth, Cambridge Univ, and plant virologist Véronique Ziegler-Graff, Institut de Biologie Moléculaire des Plantes, Strasbourg, where Allen Miller worked in 2012-2013, yielded the discovery of an important new gene in the luteovirus family of plant viruses. Read more...
|Allen Miller and Steve Whitham inspect construction of their new lab in the ATRB||Friday, April 28, 2017 - 1:52pm|
|POSTDOC OPPORTUNITIES:||Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 11:48am|
|Exploring the soybean aphid virome.||Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 6:38pm|
|Eukaryotic translation initiation factor 4G (eIF4G) coordinates interactions with eIF4A, eIF4B, and eIF4E in binding and translation of the barley yellow dwarf virus 3' cap-independent translation element (BTE)||Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 6:36pm|
|Non-canonical translation in plant RNA viruses||Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 6:21pm|