Host-induced gene silencing in plants

Identification of small RNAs enabling effective and specific host-induced gene silencing in plant

Sven-Erik Behrens

Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology

Host-induced gene silencing (HIGS) holds great promises to protect plants against pathogens, including also plant damaging insects, fungi and nematodes. Important goals are to increase the efficiency and biosafety of HIGS and to target several pathogens simultaneously. This project will apply a novel technology to identify small RNAs that are highly effective and specific in HIGS approaches against plant parasitic nematodes.


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