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European Research Council awards advanced researcher grant to KIT botanist Holger Puchta
Date:1/7/2011

ers to develop techniques that allow reprogramming of natural inheritance. "The products we obtain have nothing to do with the classic genetically modified organisms (GMO)," Puchta outlines. The preconditions for research are ideal: "During the recent years, techniques for genome sequencing have been enhanced enormously." And they are completed by yet another recent development: Artificial "DNA scissors" by means of which genetic information in the parent stock can be cut at specific sites and be recombined.

The KIT botanists' long-term goal is to optimally use our natural resources to improve cultivated plants. Puchta believes to be able to manipulate the model plant's inheritance by use of different approaches within the next five years. "As a matter of fact, I feel quite confident that, by then, we will have found first solutions to controlling inheritance in cultivated plants such as the tomato."


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Contact: Margarete Lehn
margarete.lehne@kit.edu
49-721-608-47414
Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres
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