Virus-Insect Interactions at Iowa State University

The Virus-Insect Interactions Initiative (VII) ran from 2011 to 2014 with funding from the ISU Plant Sciences Institute under the direction of Bryony C. Bonning and W. Allen Miller. The interdisciplinary VII team included 27 faculty members from 15 departments at ISU and was charged with conducting fundamental research to address challenges associated with plant protection against viruses and insect pests. Among other outcomes, the VII culminated in

  • acquisition of more than $5 million in external research funding
  • publication of Virus-Insect Interactions, comprised of 10 review papers in volume 8 of Current Opinion in Insect Science (April 2015)
  • establishment of the NSF Center for Arthropod Management Technologies (CAMTech).