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Dec 21, 2011

Scientists Develop Virus Resistant GM Watermelon

On 21 December 2011 the Journal of Transgenic Research published an article on research by Taiwanese scientists to develop a virus-resistant, gene modified (GM) watermelon.  These fruits are an important global food crop and are susceptible to a variety of viruses.

Principal investigator Ching-Yi Lin and his colleagues at National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan have been experimenting with a single transgene with viral fragments coming from Watermelon silver mottle virus (WSMoV), Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV), Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus (CGMMV) and Watermelon mosaic virus (WMV).  Studies continue but so far, this research has resulted in multiple virus resistance.

For more see: Ching-Yi Lin, Hsin-Mei Ku, Yi-Hua Chiang, Hsiu-Yin Ho, Tsong-Ann Yu and Fuh-Jyh Jan. "Development of Virus Resistant Watermelon Using Viral Fragments from Different Viruses," Journal of Transgenic Research, December 2011.

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