Friday, April 7, 2017

Simple CRISPR deletion leads to fungal resistance in tomato

Using CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) technology, new research has created a non-transgenic tomato plant that is resistant to powdery mildew fungal patheogens. Using sequence specific nucleases such as crispr/cas9 technology, it is possible to change genetic code with insertions, substitutions, or deletions. The deletion of a specific gene from wildtype allows the label non-transgenic. Powdery mildew fungal resistance already exists in certain tomato varieties, but this process allows any desired variety to be altered very quickly to show resistance to fungal infection. The importance of this research is great and its application has potential to increase food production, which is something necessary due to the unwavering proliferation of humanity. 

Powdery mildew fungus


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