Engineering Citrus using recent advances in gene editing technologies
Principal Investigator Affiliation:
- Yannick Jacob
We propose to develop a streamlined strategy for effective gene editing of Citrus in order to engineer disease resistance in already established horticulturally important cultivars. Building on our prior work, we will develop a suite of methods aimed at rapidly and efficiently editing genes involved in HLB susceptibility. This combination of approaches can pave the way for moving basic research results directly to field studies and commercial applications. Achieving these goals will support the Citrus industry by providing a key tool for ‘precision breeding’ not just for disease resistance, but for a wide variety of traits.