New NCPN board announced

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henry kuska
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New NCPN board announced

Post: # 72913Post henry kuska
Wed Apr 21, 2021 11:31 am

See: ... ory_Board/

H.Kuska comment: although scientists that study non rose rosette viruses are represented, I do not see scientists who are involved in rose rosette research. Am I missing something?

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Re: New NCPN board announced

Post: # 72914Post Don
Wed Apr 21, 2021 4:14 pm

Byrne and Golino?
What doesn't kill them makes them stronger.

david zlesak
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Re: New NCPN board announced

Post: # 72915Post david zlesak
Thu Apr 22, 2021 10:51 am

The National Clean Plant Network-Roses represents nurseries/production, breeders, public gardens, and scientists that work with roses/viruses. The overall purpose is to generate and get people to become aware of and use clean stock. The group sees value in, but it is outside of its mission to fund cultural studies on virus transmission in typical landscape situations, characterizing new viruses/sequencing all the variants of a virus, etc. The goal is technology transfer so people can benefit from what is already known in regard to generating and distributing clean stock. What falls under the mission to some extent is to be able to optimize current diagnostic tools for known viruses and use that information to test and get into the collection clean material. Also getting cultivars into the collection to meet industry needs. High Throughput Sequencing (HTS) has been very helpful and is being used to compare it with traditional techniques (ELISA and PCR) for diagnostic efficiency. The collection is isolated and retested on a routine basis to make sure it remains clean. The RRV is important and part of what is tested for before a rose enters the collection. Maher has been instrumental in RRV testing in the California outbreak a few years ago. There has been talk about if having the collection represented at only UC-Davis is adequate with the possible threat of RRV maybe someday reaching it. It is hopefully a relatively low risk, but it is a risk. There isn't a lot of really good options for back up locations with good climate and low RRD risk. It would be expensive to house a second site. Roses are finicky in tissue culture, so that is a challenge as well. The purpose of this advisory board is to help provide feedback on priorities and best use of the limited funding. These aren't necessarily the scientists accomplishing the work. The key/"boots to the ground" work is being done at UC-Davis with Deborah, Maher, and the rest of their team as well as Kevin Ong at the plant disease clinic in TX and Dimitre Mollov at Beltsville. Dimitre leads up a collection of roses positive for rose viruses. The goal is to be able to freeze dry samples with single infections of a virus and make them available to plant disease clinics and others needing a positive control to make sure their diagnostics tests worked properly. It is a great effort in my opinion. It has especially helped provide funding to renovate the collection at UC-Davis (repropagate and locate the 20+ year old planting) to a new location with more room for expansion. Many more and recent cultivars have been added in recent years to help industry as well.

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