Virus-resistant crops and trees

Cristina Rosa, Bryce W. Falk

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Plant viral and other plant microbial diseases cause significant economic losses every year and limit food supplies worldwide. To control viral diseases, we can use a variety of strategies, including various forms of genetic resistance. Genetic resistance can be manipulated to control viruses by exploiting a natural eukaryotic defense system called RNA interference or gene silencing. This system can be additionally exploited to control insect vectors of viruses, broadening the impact of transgenic technologies. An overview on plant defense, plant viruses and integration of transgenic technologies in virus resistant crops is given in this chapter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPlant Biotechnology
Subtitle of host publicationExperience and Future Prospects
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9783319057712
ISBN (Print)3319068911, 9783319057705
StatePublished - Apr 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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