03 August 1999
Scientists switch off crop genes
SCIENTISTS at the Long Ashton Research Station are looking at the impact on plants when certain genetic characteristics are switched off.
The research at the Bristol university department aims to establish how these “transposons” relate to a change in the plants behaviour.
The work could lead to the development of maize with enhanced resistance to disease, without having to resort to genetically modified plants.
Researchers can draw on the organisations bank of plants to study gene “knockouts” in any one of the 50,000 genes present in maize.