News › International Cereal VIGS Workshop
18 February 2011
The event will be held 22-24 June, 2011
VIGS has recently emerged as a powerful research tool for the functional assessment of cereal genes which play key roles in important sustainability traits. In particular, VIGS has so far proven to be extremely useful for assessing leaf-expressed genes controlling resistance to various pests and diseases. With food security becoming one of the key strategic research priorities globally and with the recent deluge of available sequence information for genomes and transcriptomes of wheat and other cereal crops and Brachypodium, the importance of VIGS in conjunction with other currently available reverse genetic tools such as stable cereal transformation-based RNAi and TILLING cannot be underestimated. Further developments and optimisation of VIGS tools should permit the identification of cereal genes expressed in leaves, stem, roots and the floral tissues that contribute to sustainability traits which include enhanced yield, improved nutritional and processing quality of the grain, grain safety, improved water use efficiency and nutrient use efficiency, resistance to lodging, and resistance to multiple pathogens.
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