Researchers Focus On Gene-Editing Technology To Kick-Start Crop Regeneration


Texas A&M AgriLife is collaborating on a new approach to improve vegetable and fruit crops.

High-value food crops that face various impediments in breeding new varieties are getting some attention from a collaboration of researchers using the CRISPR-Combo gene-editing technology.

While gene-editing technology has improved crop breeding and adaptation, the process of regrowing a plant from edited cells is costly, lengthy and unpredictable. Furthermore, this process, referred to as regeneration, is difficult to achieve with existing methods for many popular crops.

Texas A&M AgriLife will be among those participating in a Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) grant of $664,000 to develop a technology that can both edit a crop’s genes and speed up crop regeneration.

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