Plant biotechnology

Plant biotechnology can be defined as the introduction of desirable traits into plants through genetic modification.

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    Rubisco is a complex, ubiquitous protein composed of eight large and eight small subunits. By assembling Rubisco in bacterial cells, the specific characteristics of individual small subunits have been investigated with a view to engineering more efficient carbon fixation.

    • Robert E. Sharwood
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    The excess application of nitrogen fertilizer in agriculture and the limitation of nitrogen uptake by crops raise the alarm about the urgency to breed crops with higher nitrogen use efficiency (NUE). Recently, a novel strategy has been developed to enhance NUE and crop production by manipulating nitrate remobilization.

    • Nai-Qian Dong
    •  & Hong-Xuan Lin
    Nature Plants 6, 1078-1079
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    A negative-strand RNA virus is engineered to express both CRISPR-associated protein 9 (Cas9) and single-guide RNAs, enabling gene editing as the virus infects the plant.

    • Savithramma P. Dinesh-Kumar
    •  & Daniel F. Voytas
    Nature Plants 6, 738-739
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    Plant elicitor peptides (Peps) enhance immunity against diverse pathogens. Engineering a naturally occurring rhizobacterium to deliver Peps to the plant root system offers a new opportunity in integrated pest management.

    • Clarissa Hiltl
    •  & Shahid Siddique
    Nature Plants 6, 598-599