The AgShare team has been working closely with the Sweet Potato Virus Detection Tool Project (SPVDT) over the last year as the project reaches its closing stages. In June 2017, AgShare delivered writing training and manuscript support to the SPVDT team at the BecA-Ilri Hub in Nairobi, Kenya to help them reach their goal of publishing ten papers before the project closes in October 2018. The AgShare team also supported the SPVDT project leaders in Kampala, Uganda in February 2018 as they planned out the final stages of the project.
During this visit the project’s Principal Investigator, Dr Richard Echodu, shared the many achievements of SPVDT. Over the course of their research, the project has conducted cross-sectional baseline surveys for sweet-potato viruses in 4 different countries, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania, and has successfully demonstrated a proof of concept for the use of paper-based assays in the field. The SPVDT project has also collaborated with Gulu University to build a new lab and provide training to MSc and BSc students.
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