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Fused genes tackle deadly Pierce's disease in grapevines
Date:2/21/2012

al invader and destroying its outer membranes, causing the bacteria to die.

The researchers then inserted this hybrid gene into grapevines.

They found that sap from plants genetically engineered with the hybrid gene effectively killed Xylella fastidiosa in the laboratory. And grapevines engineered to carry the hybrid gene had significantly less leaf scorching and xylem clogging, indicating resistance to Pierce's disease.


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Contact: Patricia Bailey
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530-752-9843
University of California - Davis
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