Plant gene silencing through RNA interference can be used to improve industrial traits, adding nutritional benefits, removing allergens and other valuable factors for consumers, and to protect plants against bacterial and viral pathogens, weeds and pests. This is the first book to combine the biological phenomenon and the practical applications.
Plant gene silencing is a crucially important phenomenon in gene expression and epigenetics. This book describes the way small RNA is produced and acts to silence genes, its likely origins in defence against viruses, and also its potential to improve plants. Plant gene silencing can be used to improve industrial traits, make plants more nutritious or more valuable to consumers, to remove allergens, and to improve resistance to weeds and pathogens.