African Cassava whitefly, Bemisia tabaci, systematics and patterns of molecular evolution

Tonny Kinene

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African cassava whitefly (Bemisia tabaci) is a small sap sucking insect causing extensive damage to cassava. B.tabaci is responsible for the Cassava Mosaic Disease and Cassava Brown Streak Disease pandemic that have constrained cassava production in East Africa. We invesitgated the role the HSP90 gene play in B. tabaci's ability to adapt to varying climate and its relation to the superabundance phenomenon of whiteflies. We inferred phylogenetic relationships of the B. tabaci species using common genes: RNA polymerase II and Shaker cognate gene w. Finally, we estimated the B. tabaci species tree from 3000 nuclear genes generated from transcriptomic data.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Boykin, Laura, Supervisor
  • Small, Ian, Supervisor
  • Kubatko, Laura Salter, Supervisor, External person
  • Alicai, Titus, Supervisor, External person
  • Omongo, Christopher , Supervisor, External person
  • Luboobi, Livingston , Supervisor, External person
Award date19 Aug 2019
Publication statusUnpublished - 2019


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