Plant vesicles inspire methods to protect crops

UC Riverside plant biologist, Hailing Jin, and her team are featured in an “Outlook” piece just published in Nature. The story focuses on how her group is developing sprays consisting of extracellular vesicles containing RNA to silence genes in fungal pathogens of crops.

Jin says "that although some scientists are continuing to genetically modify vegetables and fruits to fight destructive fungi and bacteria with exRNA, the lengthy and expensive regulatory process for genetically modified food means her team is pursuing a different approach. It is instead designing antifungal crop sprays that contain the silencing RNA."

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