Abstract

Gene editing is a powerful technology that enables precise genetic manipulation to the host genome. In both sorghum and barley, editing efficiencies have been optimised and successfully implemented to study a variety of important traits. Through targeting of major grain storage proteins, novel sorghum lines with both improved grain quality have been generated. Whereas through studying genes involved in hormone transport, the root system architecture of barley has also been tweaked, generating breakthrough outcomes to boost drought tolerance strategies. Altogether, gene editing is already providing beneficial outcomes for core and applied cereal research alike.

Karen Massel headshotDr Karen Massel

Dr. Karen Massel is a biotechnologist with expertise utilising CRISPR/Cas9 genomic editing in cereal crops, focused on improving grain quality and studying pathways that underpin abiotic stress tolerance.

Dr Karen Massel, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Crop Science, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation E: k.massel@uq.edu.au

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