Global climate change necessitates development of new tools to preserve food security for an ever-growing national and global human population. Biotic means of protecting corn (maize, Zea mays) from increasingly frequent and unpredictable biotic and abiotic stresses are one such tool to master and deploy, either to complement or supplant traditional methods of chemical applications and directed breeding. Plant viruses and their insect vectors are ideal candidates for development, as viral infection of maize can be used to effect beneficial transcriptional change while otherwise minimally effecting crop growth and development. Here, we show evidence that two viruses, Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) and Sugarcane mosaic virus (SCMV) have the potential to be effective vectors for virus induced gene silencing (VIGS) and virus gene overexpression (VOX) in maize.
|Commitee:||Casteel, Clare, Bostock, Richard|
|School:||University of California, Davis|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 81/8(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Botany, Virology, Plant sciences|
|Keywords:||Cucumber Mosaic Virus, PDS, Sugarcane Mosaic Virus, VIGS, VOX, Zea maize|
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