Posted 28th June 2017 by Jane Williams
The discovery of CRISPR happened by accident in 1987. First applied in mammalian cells in 2013, a year later it was applied to plant cells. Our timeline highlights the milestones of this novel technology until its most recent developments and applications in plant science.
Posted 19th May 2017 by Jane Williams
Genome editing technologies are a type of genetic engineering leading to the targeted modification of the genome of interest via the insertion, deletion or replacement of specific DNA sequences . Amongst these, CRISPR/Cas9 is certainly the most promising and plant researchers have quickly realised its importance as its use is applied to several plant species [2, 3].
Posted 10th May 2017 by Jane Williams
During the 5th Plant Genomics and Gene Editing Congress, experts in the field of bioinformatics and genome sequencing shared their contributions in plant research. We made some of their presentation slides available for you to download.
Posted 5th May 2017 by Jane Williams
Genetic and microbial engineering have shown to be key influencers on plant health. Discoveries in this field can help farmers to reduce reliance on agricultural chemicals and develop novel engineered crops which can better cope with climate change effects.
Posted 24th March 2017 by Jane Williams
All plant cells are naturally exposed to bacteria and microbe colonisations. These can become pathogens when they invade the host cell to proliferate .
Posted 15th March 2017 by Jane Williams
As the world population is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, global food security represents one of the most researched topics in plant science.