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Engineering Missile Defense in Crop Plants

Shunyuan Xiao of the University of Maryland in the U.S. proposes to engineer a genetic system that enables targeted delivery and induced release of antimicrobial proteins across the extrahaustorial membrane, which is the appendage used by pathogens to penetrate host plant cells. This technology could be used to create broad-spectrum resistance against haustorium-forming pathogens in crop plants.

More information about Protect Crop Plants from Biotic Stresses from Field to Market (Round 9)

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