Viruses are ubiquitous microorganisms which are most often studied as pathogenic (disease-causing) entities. While this is the primary reason for the study of plant viruses in the agricultural environment, recent work has revealed that viruses may have benign effects in the more natural environment.

In the Cell and Molecular Sciences group we study different aspects of virus biology including fundamental research into virus-host interactions at the molecular and cell biological levels, natural and engineered resistance to viruses, transmission of viruses by vectors, uses of viruses for biotechnology and the influence of viruses on soil function.

We also have ongoing, externally-funded collaborations to extend our research outside of the UK.