Customising solutions—whiteflies and world hunger

phys.org | 9/12/2017 | Staff
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800 million people around the world rely on cassava for survival.

But in East Africa, cassava crops are being decimated by whiteflies—more specifically, the viruses that the whiteflies are transmitting.

Farmers - Money - Kids - School

Already vulnerable farmers are unable to feed themselves, unable to make money, unable to send their kids to school.

It's a devastating problem that urgently needs our attention.

Crops - Chemicals

But it's not as simple as dousing crops with bug-killing chemicals.

Not long ago, we thought we only had one species of whitefly in our proverbial ointment, but scientists have recently discovered that there are 34 different whitefly species—which all look identical.

Species - Viruses - Likewise - Resistance - Insecticides

Some of these species transmit viruses, some do not. Likewise, some of them have evolved genetic resistance to insecticides, and others have not.

So how do farmers in East Africa solve this problem?

Help - Genomics - WA

With the help of genomics and supercomputing being done in WA.

TED...
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