Seminar: Gene Editing in Plants and Pathogens: Expanding the Toolbox for Research and Breeding

Justin Shih, Ph.D. student, Penn State University
Image: Michael Houtz, Penn State University

Image: Michael Houtz, Penn State University

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March 31, 2017, 12:20 PM - 1:10 PM

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New technologies have changed the way we explore biological sciences. With the recent adaptation of Clustered-Regularly-Interspaced-Short-Palindromic-Repeats or "CRISPR" for gene editing, expanded possibilities have emerged for both basic and applied research. Much investigation exists for gene editing in plants, including work on traits for pathogen resistance. Additionally, many groups are beginning to use gene editing to study the pathogens themselves. The field of plant pathology will play a critical role in the future of agriculture in our rapidly changing world. As such, it is important to understand and use gene editing to unravel the mysteries behind plants and their pests.

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