Chinese scientists control cotton disease with gene tech

BEIJING: China, the largest cotton producers in the world, has made a breakthrough in controlling a major disease of cotton plants using gene technology, media report said today.

After eight years of research, Chinese scientists with the Institute of Microbiology of Chinese Academy of Sciences found that gene interference technology can prevent the spread of a pathogenic fungus, the cause of verticillium dahliae wilt, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Verticillium dahliae is a vascular fungal pathogen responsible for devastating many crops.


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