Grafting the Way to the Systemic Silencing Signal in Plants

Kalantidis, Kriton
August 2004
PLoS Biology;Aug2004, Vol. 2 Issue 8, p0
Academic Journal
Grafting is an ancient technique used by farmers and gardeners to combine desired attributes of the rootstock with those of the donor plant shoot, or scion. Grafting essentially saved European wine-making: when the insect Dactylosphera vitifoliate devastated European grape-wine varieties over the course of the late 1800s and early 1900s, the varieties were saved by grafting them onto resistant rootstocks from the New World. RNA silencing refers to the phenomenon whereby specific gene transcript levels are reduced in the presence of a related RNA.


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