Engineering crops of the future: CRISPR approaches to develop climate-resilient and disease-resistant plants

Syed Shan-e-Ali Zaidi, Ahmed Mahas, Hervé Vanderschuren, Magdy M. Mahfouz

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Abstract

AbstractTo meet increasing global food demand, breeders and scientists aim to improve the yield and quality of major food crops. Plant diseases threaten food security and are expected to increase because of climate change. CRISPR genome-editing technology opens new opportunities to engineer disease resistance traits. With precise genome engineering and transgene-free applications, CRISPR is expected to resolve the major challenges to crop improvement. Here, we discuss the latest developments in CRISPR technologies for engineering resistance to viruses, bacteria, fungi, and pests. We conclude by highlighting current concerns and gaps in technology, as well as outstanding questions for future research.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalGenome biology
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 30 2020

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