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Book Tackles Genome Editing Techniques for Climate-Smart Crops

July 28, 2021

Genome editing is a potential gamechanger in the development of climate-smart crops, according to researchers from the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in their chapter in the book Microbiomes and the Global Climate Change.

With the impact of climate change on agriculture and food security, there's a greater need for advancements in the development of climate-smart crops to provide high yields and elevated levels of micronutrients. Genetic engineering has contributed to this effort; however, some crops are difficult to modify through this process.

In the book chapter, the following techniques for climate-smart crops were tackled: high-throughput genome editing through the application of other biologically dynamic molecules into plant cells, DNA transfer and gene expression without integration, non-Agrobacterium measures to deliver DNA into plant cells, synthetic approaches along with "modular" Agrobacterium strains. CRISPR-Cas9, TALENs, and ZFNs were also highlighted, including the ongoing trend and future prospects of genome editing.

Read more in Springer Link.

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