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A Strategy for Control of Plant Virus Diseases

Amitava Mitra of the University of Nebraska in the U.S. will investigate direct repeat- induced gene silencing, a phenomenon of RNA interference in which genes adjacent to a target gene are also silenced. This "transitive silencing" will be tested for its ability to target multiple crop viruses at once, allowing the development of a transgenic wheat strain that is resistant to multiple major diseases.

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

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