Farewell Havva Ilbagi, discoverer of viruses

July 19, 2019

Havva IlbagiFarewell to Professor Havva Ilbagi, Tekirdag University, Turkey.  Dr. Ilbagi spent 12 months in the Miller lab using deep sequencing (Illumina) to find viruses known and unknown in wheat, maize, common reed and other plant species that she collected in Turkey.  In addition to finding the the ubiquitous barley yellow dwarf virus all over Turkey, she found a totally new virus, the first known to infect commn reed (Phragmites australis), and the first virus in maize from a virus family not known to infect monocots.  She is now back in Turkey using this information to devise better virus monitoring and management practices to limit the many viruses that plague Turkish crops.

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