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Researchers Review Opportunities Presented by CRISPR-Based Tools in Understanding Plant–Pathogen Interactions

November 3, 2016

Modern omics platforms have made the identification of susceptible and/or resistance genes feasible in any species, generating several potential targets for crop protection. However, the validation of these targets has been hampered by the lack of a fast, precise, and efficient gene targeting system in plants. In particular, CRISPR/Cas9 has revolutionized research by allowing genome editing in prokaryotes and eukaryotes.

Abdellah Barakate from the James Hutton Institute in the UK and colleagues described the CRISPR/Cas9 system and its applications in gene manipulation. The team also summarized recent studies that focused on plant pathogens and discussed the potential applications of CRISPR/Cas9 in studying pest control and plant–pathogen interactions for plant improvement and crop protection.

For more on this study, read the full article in Frontiers in Plant Science.