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Plasmodesmata: gatekeepers for cell-to-cell viral spread in plants

Project description

Preventing cell-to-cell viral spread in plants

Viruses cause epidemics on all major crops and thus represent a serious threat to global agriculture and food security. Plant viruses can exploit plasmodesmata, channels that interconnect every single plant cell, using encoded so-called movement proteins (MPs) that mediate the transport of the viral genomes cell-to-cell. Understanding the intercellular transport of viruses and the components involved offers breeding targets for genome editing to control virus spread and block viral infection. The EU-funded PDgate project will identity MP-interacting proteins using high-end proteomics and apply state-of-the-art technology genome editing and advanced microscopy to define the role of MP-interacting proteins during virus transport and infection, laying the basis for novel biotech solutions in agriculture.


Net EU contribution
€ 174 806,40
Universitaetsstrasse 1
40225 Dusseldorf

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Nordrhein-Westfalen Düsseldorf Düsseldorf, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00