Biotech Updates

What is Plant Science?

April 3, 2019

What is plant science? A blog article from the John Innes Centre (JIC) discusses the huge diversity of research covered under the ‘plant science' term. The article presents plant genetics citing examples of the most important species that have had their entire genomes sequenced, including the first plant to have its entire genome mapped, the ‘not-so-humble weed', the ‘model plant', Arabidopsis thaliana (thale cress). 

The article also discussed genetic technology and cites genetic modification and gene editing, technologies which can inhibit the expression of harmful traits or introduce new characteristics which are of benefit, and work toward the same goals as traditional plant breeding but in a more controlled and speedier way.

For more details, read the article at the JIC Blog.