Biotechnology Letters

, Volume 34, Issue 6, pp 995–1002

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


DOI: 10.1007/s10529-012-0871-1

Cite this article as:
Antony Ceasar, S. & Ignacimuthu, S. Biotechnol Lett (2012) 34: 995. doi:10.1007/s10529-012-0871-1


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.


Agrobacterium-mediated Chitinase Fungal resistance Glucanase Transgenic plants 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Plant Biotechnology, Entomology Research InstituteLoyola CollegeChennaiIndia

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