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Host-induced gene silencing for Fusarium resistance in wheat

Host-induced gene silencing of an essential fungal chitin synthase gene has been used by Chinese researchers as an effective strategy for enhancing disease resistance in wheat. Researchers from the Huazong Agricultural University in China studied the expression of RNA interference (RNAi) sequences from a Fusarium graminearum virulence gene, chitin synthase (Chs) 3b, to enhance wheat resistance to the fungal pathogen. F graminearum causes Fusarium head blight (FHB) and Fusarium seedling blight (FSB) in wheat.

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