Virus-Induced Gene Silencing for Gene Function Studies in Barley

  • Maria Barciszewska-Pacak
  • Artur Jarmołowski
  • Andrzej PacakEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1398)


Virus-Induced Gene Silencing (VIGS) creates a natural antiviral defense in plants. However, it has been also a powerful tool for endogenous gene silencing in dicot and monocot plants by exploitation of recombinant viruses, harboring silencing inducing sequences. The Barley Stripe Mosaic Virus (BSMV) based VIGS system is an efficient and rapid RNAi approach that is routinely applied in functional genomics studies of cereals. We present here a protocol for BSMV VIGS application in barley based on mechanical inoculation of the plants with in vitro transcribed recombinant BSMV RNAs as the silencing triggers.

Key words

Virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS) Virus Barley stripe mosaic virus (BSMV) Posttranscriptional gene silencing (PTGS) RNA interference (RNAi) Functional genomics Barley 



This work has been supported by the National Science Centre decision no DEC-2013/11/B/NZ9/01761. The pictures in Figs. 5 and 6 were taken by A. Pacak during his Marie Curie Intra-European fellowship BARPHO No. 025110, Aarhus University.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Barciszewska-Pacak
    • 1
  • Artur Jarmołowski
    • 1
  • Andrzej Pacak
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Gene Expression, Faculty of BiologyAdam Mickiewicz University in PoznańPoznańPoland

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