Multidimensional CRISPR/Cas-mediated engineering of plant breeding (CRISBREED)
The funded CRISBREED (H2020-EU.1.1.) project covers the simultaneous use of several molecular scissors, so-called CRISPR/Cas systems, to specifically modify genetic information and newly combine certain traits in crops. CRISBREED uses the gene pool of the plant species existing in nature. It contains much genetic information on survival under various conditions, e.g. on resistance to pests, diseases, and extreme climatic conditions. Holger Puchta and his team of KIT’s Botanical Institute work on turning inheritance from a non-directed process into a directed one and on transferring agriculturally interesting traits of wild relatives to related crop plants.
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