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Greentech Science: KIT wants to revolutionize plant breeding with genetic scissors

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Greentech Science: KIT wants to revolutionize plant breeding with genetic scissors

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Climate change is also leaving its mark on agriculture. With the help of genetic scissors such as CRISPR/Cas, plants can be modified so that they are, for example, less susceptible to disease or more resistant to drought and therefore more sustainable.

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“The molecular scissors allow us to change the genetic information of crop plants. We use this change to create genetic resistance, for example against fungi.

If a plant is genetically resistant, the fungus can no longer attack the plant, so we no longer need a pesticide in the field,” says Professor Holger Puchta from the Joseph Gottlieb Kölreuter Institute for Plant Sciences at KIT.

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