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Killing a Virus with Another Virus: Tales of a Suicidal Virus

Carl Spetz of Bioforsk in Norway will eliminate sweet potato feathery mottle virus (SPFMV) from infected sweet potato plants by co-infecting the plants with cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) engineered with RNAi against SPFMV. Because CMV can only survive on sweet potato in the presence of SPFMV, it is itself eliminated as it eliminates SPFMV.

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

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