Institute for Integrative Genome Biology


James NgJames Ng

Associate Professor

Mailing Address:

Plant Pathology and Microbiology
Webber Hall /3253
University of California
Riverside, CA 92521

Phone: (951) 827-4223
Fax: (951) 827-4294
Email: james.ng@ucr.edu



PhD 2001 Purdue University
BS 1994 National University of Singapore

College/Division Affiliation:

College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Center/Inst Affiliation(s):

Center for Disease Vector Research

Areas Of Expertise:

Insect Vector Transmission of Plant Viruses; Virus-vector-plant Interactions

Research Summary:

Plant viruses are obligate parasites whose survival is contingent upon their ability to move from one plant to another. For a majority of the plant viruses, movement from plant-to-plant is accomplished by means of insect vectors. With the exception of a few well studied model systems, mechanisms underlying the insect transmission of many economically important plant viruses are not well understood. By integrating basic and applied studies, our research seeks to address questions concerning the complex interactions among insect, virus and plant, and how these interactions result in virus transmission and diseases. Insights into these interactions can be a key to the development of strategies for effective virus disease management. We are interested in recalcitrant and emerging insect-transmitted viruses that are important to subtropical agriculture. Currently, one area of focus is emerging viruses from the genus Crinivirus that are vectored by different but specific whitefly species. The interaction of a virus with its specific vector, which results in the transmission of the virus, is influenced by properties of the virus capsid protein and intrinsic features of the insect vector. Therefore, we are exploring the function of capsid proteins encoded by these viruses and are interested in studying interactions between viruses and insects using a combination of biological, molecular, cell biology, and biochemical approaches.

Selected Publications:

List of publications from PubMed

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Genomics Information

Institute of Integrative Genome Biology
2150 Batchelor Hall

Tel: (951) 827-7177
E-mail: Aurelia Espinoza, Managing Director