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Ana Bravo

Ana Bravo

PhD student, Department of Plant Sciences


Ana Bravo is a PhD student under the supervision of John Carr in the Virology Group at the Department of Plant Sciences. She holds a BSc in Biotechnology with a specialization in Plant Biotechnology. She received an Ecuadorian Scholarship to pursue her MSc in Crop Biotechnology and Entrepreneurship at the University of Nottingham.   

Before moving to the UK, Ana previously worked for the cut flower industry in Ecuador where she observed the detrimental effects of plant pathogens on crop yields. She is passionate about studying plant pathogens with the goal of develoing strategies that could be used in the field to reduce pests and diseases. 

Subject groups/Research projects

Plant Biology and Food Security:

Departments and Institutes

Department of Plant Sciences:

Research Interests

Ana studies the interaction between Cucumber mosaic virus and its insect vector, the aphid Myzus persicae. Cucumber mosaic virus has a wide host range including 1200 species in over 100 families of monocotyledonous and dicotyledonous. Her research project aim is to generate virus-resistant plants that could be used as aphid-decoys to disrupt virus transmission. 


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