Transgenic Plants with Enhanced Resistance to the Fungal Pathogen Rhizoctonia solani

Science  22 Nov 1991:
Vol. 254, Issue 5035, pp. 1194-1197
DOI: 10.1126/science.254.5035.1194


The production of enzymes capable of degrading the cell walls of invading phytopathogenic fungi is an important component of the defense response of plants. The timing of this natural host defense mechanism was modified to produce fungal-resistant plants. Transgenic tobacco seedlings constitutively expressing a bean chitinase gene under control of the cauliflower mosaic virus 35S promoter showed an increased ability to survive in soil infested with the fungal pathogen Rhizoctonia solani and delayed development of disease symptoms.

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