New Model Plant Validation System for Monocot Plants
A new monocot model plant validation system was developed by Evogene, an agbiotech company based in Israel. The new system uses Brachypodium as the model plant, and then evaluates the candidate genes for enhancing traits of interest, such as yield and tolerance to drought. The evaluation of candidate genes is important to pass proof of concept about the potential of the genes, to continue with the experimental validation and actual performance of the prediction in plants. This new system can be used to improve varieties of important monocot plants such as wheat, corn, and rice.
This article is part of the Crop Biotech Update, a weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA)