Syed Shan-E-Ali Zaidi

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Tomato leaf curl New Delhi virus (ToLCNDV) is an exceptional Old World bipartite begomovirus. On the Indian subcontinent, a region in which monopartite DNA satellite-associated begomoviruses with mostly narrow geographical ranges predominate, it is widespread, with a geographical range also including the Far East, Middle East, North Africa and Europe. The(More)
The CRISPR/Cas9 system is an efficient genome-editing platform for diverse eukaryotic species, including plants. Recent work harnessed CRISPR/Cas9 technology to engineer resistance to geminiviruses. Here, we discuss opportunities, emerging developments, and potential pitfalls for using this technology to engineer resistance against single and multiple(More)
Plant viruses infect many economically important crops, including wheat, cotton, maize, cassava, and other vegetables. These viruses pose a serious threat to agriculture worldwide, as decreases in cropland area per capita may cause production to fall short of that required to feed the increasing world population. Under these circumstances, conventional(More)
The CRISPR/Cas9 system has recently been used to confer molecular immunity against several eukaryotic viruses, including plant DNA geminiviruses. Here, we provide a detailed analysis of the efficiencies of targeting different coding and non-coding sequences in the genomes of multiple geminiviruses. Moreover, we analyze the ability of geminiviruses to evade(More)
Cotton leaf curl disease (CLCuD) is the major biotic constraint to cotton production on the Indian subcontinent, and is caused by monopartite begomoviruses accompanied by a specific DNA satellite, Cotton leaf curl Multan betasatellite (CLCuMB). Since the breakdown of resistance against CLCuD in 2001/2002, only one virus, the "Burewala" strain of Cotton leaf(More)
The whitefly Bemisia tabaci is an important pest of many economically important crops and the vector of begomoviruses (family Geminiviridae). Recently, the expression of insecticidal proteins and/or toxins or double-stranded (ds)RNA homologous to B. tabaci genes has been demonstrated to provide the plant with protection against B. tabaci and the viruses(More)
Clustered regularly interspaced palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-CRISPR-associated proteins (CRISPR-Cas), a groundbreaking genome-engineering tool, has facilitated targeted trait improvement in plants. Recently, CRISPR-CRISPR from Prevotella and Francisella 1 (Cpf1) has emerged as a new tool for efficient genome editing, including DNA-free editing in plants,(More)
The first epidemic of cotton leaf curl disease (CLCuD) in early 1990's in the Indian subcontinent was associated with several distinct begomoviruses along with a disease-specific betasatellite. Resistant cotton varieties were introduced in late 1990's but soon resistance was broken and was associated with a single recombinant begomovirus named Burewala(More)
An analysis is attempted to throw more light on the inheritance of rhesus factor in humans and the Fisher-Race and Wiener's concepts are respectively evaluated. It is claimed that the Rh-Hr locus is not comprised of the recombination of C, D, E, c and e genes, much less the help of the auxiliary (d) which merely appears to be a conventional approach derived(More)