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Breeding the Epigenome in Crops

Sally Mackenzie of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the U.S. will establish a strategy to exploit crop phenotype variations that are controlled by epigenetic changes for breeding. The strategy is to disrupt the MSH1 gene in millet and maize, releasing a large amount of variation derived from heritable epigenetic changes that can be used to select for abiotic and biotic stress tolerance.

More information about Protect Crop Plants from Biotic Stresses from Field to Market (Round 8)

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