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.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||19 Aug 2019|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2019|