Researchers identify virus resistance gene from wild grass for cereal crop improvement

Researchers from the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology (IGDB) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) identified the first monocot plant viral resistance gene encoding a nucleotide-binding, leucine-rich repeat immune receptor (NLR) protein from a wild grass Brachypodium to improve the cereal crops (wheat and barley) resistance to Barley stripe mosaic virus (BSMV). Results were published in New Phytologist.

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