Transient reprogramming of crop plants for agronomic performance

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Torti, S., Schlesier, R., Tummler, A., Bartels, D., Romer, P., Koch, B., Werner, S., Panwar, V., Kanyuka, K., Von Wiren, N., Jones, J. D. G., Hause, G., Giritch, A. and Gleba, Y. 2021. Transient reprogramming of crop plants for agronomic performance . Nature Plants. 7, pp. 159-171. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41477-021-00851-y

AuthorsTorti, S., Schlesier, R., Tummler, A., Bartels, D., Romer, P., Koch, B., Werner, S., Panwar, V., Kanyuka, K., Von Wiren, N., Jones, J. D. G., Hause, G., Giritch, A. and Gleba, Y.
Abstract

The development of a new crop variety is a time-consuming and costly process due to plant breeding’s reliance on gene shuffling to introduce desired genes into elite germplasm followed by backcrossing. We propose alternative technology that transiently targets various regulatory circuits within a plant, leading to operator-specified alterations of agronomic traits, such as time of flowering, vernalization requirement, plant height or drought tolerance. We redesigned techniques of gene delivery, amplification and expression around viral transfection methods that can be implemented on an industrial scale and with multiple crop plants. The process does not involve genetic modification of the plant genome and is thus limited to a single plant generation, is broadly applicable, fast, tunable, versatile, and can be used throughout much of the crop cultivation cycle.

KeywordsFoMV; VOX; VIGS; Wheat
Year of Publication2021
JournalNature Plants
Journal citation7, pp. 159-171
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1038/s41477-021-00851-y
Open accessPublished as non-open access
FunderBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Funder project or codeDFW - Designing Future Wheat - Work package 2 (WP2) - Added value and resilience
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online15 Feb 2021
Publication process dates
Accepted11 Jan 2021
PublisherNature Publishing Group
ISSN2055-026X

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