Review

Biotechnology Letters

, Volume 34, Issue 6, pp 995-1002

Genetic engineering of crop plants for fungal resistance: role of antifungal genes

  • S. Antony CeasarAffiliated withDivision of Plant Biotechnology, Entomology Research Institute, Loyola College
  • , S. IgnacimuthuAffiliated withDivision of Plant Biotechnology, Entomology Research Institute, Loyola College Email author 

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Abstract

Fungal diseases damage crop plants and affect agricultural production. Transgenic plants have been produced by inserting antifungal genes to confer resistance against fungal pathogens. Genes of fungal cell wall-degrading enzymes, such as chitinase and glucanase, are frequently used to produce fungal-resistant transgenic crop plants. In this review, we summarize the details of various transformation studies to develop fungal resistance in crop plants.

Keywords

Agrobacterium-mediated Chitinase Fungal resistance Glucanase Transgenic plants