Genetic engineering of crop plants for fungal resistance: Role of antifungal genes

Division of Plant Biotechnology, Entomology Research Institute, Loyola College, Chennai, India.
Biotechnology Letters (Impact Factor: 1.59). 02/2012; 34(6):995-1002. DOI: 10.1007/s10529-012-0871-1
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Fungal diseases damage crop plants and affect agricultural production. Transgenic plants have been produced by inserting antifungal genes to confer resistance against fungal pathogens. Genes of fungal cell wall-degrading enzymes, such as chitinase and glucanase, are frequently used to produce fungal-resistant transgenic crop plants. In this review, we summarize the details of various transformation studies to develop fungal resistance in crop plants.

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