Virus Cross-Protection in Transgenic Plants

  • Roger N. Beachy
Part of the Plant Gene Research book series (GENE)


Plant virus diseases have traditionally been controlled by sanitary agronomic practices, use of virus-free propagates, controlling the insect vectors that spread the pathogen, and incorporating genes for disease resistance. These practices can, in most instances substantially reduce crop losses normally attributed to virus infections. However, changing agronomic practices and changes in virus strains often lead to significant disease losses, and the search for genetic resistance begins anew. In the majority of cases, sources of disease resistance are unavailable to the plant breeder, or if available, require many plant generations to incorporate the resistance trait into the desired cultivar. Furthermore, most of the resistance genes are effective against only a limited number of strains of the virus.


Transgenic Plant Mosaic Virus Coat Protein Capsid Protein Tobacco Mosaic Virus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roger N. Beachy
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  1. 1.Department of BiologyWashington UniversitySt. LouisUSA

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