Plum pox virus (PPV), a Potyvirus, is the causal agent of sharka, the most detrimental viral disease affecting stone fruit trees. This review focuses on research carried out to obtain PPV- resistant transgenic plants and on how biotechnological strategies evolved in light of the scientific advances made during the last several years. Successful RNA silencing strategies that confer a high level of resistance to strains of PPV have been developed and tested under laboratory and greenhouse conditions. Moreover, field tests showed that transgene-mediated RNA silencing was effective in protecting plum plants against aphid-mediated PPV infection. The new emerging biotechnological approaches for conferring PPV resistance are discussed..
Ilardi, V, ED Nicola-Negri. "Genetically engineered resistance to Plum pox virus infection in herbaceous and stone fruit hosts." GM Crops & Food 2.1 (2011): 24 - 33. Web. 27 Jul. 2017.
Ilardi, V., Nicola-Negri, ED. (2011). Genetically engineered resistance to Plum pox virus infection in herbaceous and stone fruit hosts. GM Crops & Food, 2(1), 24 - 33. doi:10.4161/gmcr.2.1.15096
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