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Horizontal gene transfer of Fhb7 from fungus underlies Fusarium head blight resistance in wheat
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Horizontal gene transfer of Fhb7 from fungus underlies Fusarium head blight resistance in wheat

Published: May 22, 2020  |  30 min read, 5962 words
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Fusarium head blight (FHB), caused by a fungus, reduces wheat crop yield and introduces toxins into the harvest. From the assembly of the genome of Thinopyrum elongatum, a wild relative of wheat used in breeding programs to improve cultivated wheat, Wang et al. cloned a gene that can address both problems (see the Perspective by Wulff and Jones). The encoded glutathione S-transferase detoxifies the trichothecene toxin and, when expressed in wheat, confers resistance to FHB.Science, this issue p. ; see also p. Fusarium head blight (FHB) is a fungal disease that devastates global wheat... READ MORE
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