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Plant Physiol Biochem. 2009 Nov-Dec;47(11-12):967-76. doi: 10.1016/j.plaphy.2009.09.001. Epub 2009 Sep 10.

Virus-induced gene silencing: a versatile tool for discovery of gene functions in plants.

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Department of Plant Molecular Biology, University of Delhi South Campus, Benito Juarez Road, New Delhi 110021, India.

Abstract

Virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS) is a technology that exploits an antiviral defense mechanism in plants as a tool for plant reverse genetics. VIGS circumvents the need for plant transformation, is methodologically simple and yields rapid results. Various VIGS vectors have been developed and have helped to unravel the functions of genes involved in processes such as disease resistance, abiotic stress, cellular signaling and secondary metabolite biosynthesis.

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19783452
DOI:
10.1016/j.plaphy.2009.09.001
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