Virus-Induced Gene Silencing in Rose Flowers

  • Huijun Yan
  • Zhao Zhang
  • Jean-Louis MagnardEmail author
  • Benoît Boachon
  • Sylvie Baudino
  • Kaixue Tang
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 2172)


Virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS) is a favorable method to study gene function by posttranscriptional gene silencing in plants. Here we describe a methodology of graft-accelerated VIGS in rose aimed at obtaining posttranscriptional gene silencing in the flower. The resulting phenotype can be observed within 5–6 weeks post infiltration. By using this method, we successfully silenced the expression of several genes involved in processes such as scent production, petal coloration, or flower architecture. We showed that graft-accelerated VIGS was faster, more efficient, and more convenient than conventional methods previously developed in rose such as agroinfiltration of young plantlets and in vitro cultured tissues or seeds.

Key words

VIGS Rose Vacuum infiltration Graft Posttranscriptional gene silencing 



This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grants numbers 31660579, 31872144, and 31501791). This research was funded in part by the Beijing Natural Science Foundation (6162017).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Huijun Yan
    • 1
  • Zhao Zhang
    • 2
  • Jean-Louis Magnard
    • 3
    Email author
  • Benoît Boachon
    • 3
  • Sylvie Baudino
    • 3
  • Kaixue Tang
    • 1
  1. 1.Flower Research Institute of Yunnan Academy of Agricultural SciencesKunmingChina
  2. 2.Beijing Key Laboratory of Development and Quality Control of Ornamental Crops, Department of Ornamental HorticultureChina Agricultural UniversityBeijingChina
  3. 3.Université de Lyon, UJM-Saint-Etienne, CNRS, BVpam FRE 3727Saint-EtienneFrance

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