Genetic engineering of rice capable of synthesizing fructans and enhancing chilling tolerance.

@article{Kawakami2008GeneticEO,
  title={Genetic engineering of rice capable of synthesizing fructans and enhancing chilling tolerance.},
  author={Akira Kawakami and Yutaka Sato and Midori Yoshida},
  journal={Journal of experimental botany},
  year={2008},
  volume={59 4},
  pages={793-802}
}
Fructans are water-soluble fructose oligomers and polymers that are based on sucrose, and have been implicated in protecting plants against water stress. Rice (Oryza sativa L.) is highly sensitive to chilling temperatures, and is not able to synthesize fructans. Two wheat fructan-synthesizing enzymes, sucrose:sucrose 1-fructosyltransferase, encoded by wft2, or sucrose:fructan 6-fructosyltransferase, encoded by wft1, were introduced into rice plants, and rice transformants that accumulate… CONTINUE READING

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