Deleting A Gene Shuts Down Costly Fungus | December 8, 2008 Issue - Vol. 86 Issue 49 | Chemical & Engineering News
 
 
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Volume 86 Issue 49 | p. 29 | Concentrates
Issue Date: December 8, 2008

Deleting A Gene Shuts Down Costly Fungus

Scientists decipher a toxic mechanism of the fungus that causes gray mold disease, which affects many cash crops
Department: Science & Technology

By analyzing how the fungus Botrytis cinerea makes its signature plant-killing sesquiterpene toxins, an international team of scientists has offered hope for growers of vegetables, fruits, and ornamental plants that new ways may be found to disarm this costly plant pathogen (ACS Chem. Biol., DOI: 10.1021/cb800225v). B. cinerea is the culprit behind gray mold disease, which affects hundreds of agricultural . . .

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