Fieldwork in Africa Informs Science – and Changes a Scientist
William Sharpee, a postdoctoral scientist in NC State’s Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, describes his life-changing work in Kenya to help farmers manage cassava mosaic disease.
Student Spotlight: ‘Plant Research Immediately Impacts People’
After a summer undergraduate research experience with a leading NC State plant scientist, Catherine Doyle was hooked. The Ph.D. student traveled to Tanzania to see the problems posed by cassava mosaic disease.
Improving the cassava plant
Cassava is Africa’s number two crop and a major source of calories for 700 million people, but it’s highly susceptible to pathogens such as cassava mosaic disease. With African colleagues and students, Dr. Linda Hanley-Bowdoin of NC State University’s College of Agriculture conducts basic research aimed at gaining a better basic molecular-level understanding of viruses and how they affect cassava.