Modification of native grasses for biofuel production may increase virus susceptibility

  title={Modification of native grasses for biofuel production may increase virus susceptibility},
  author={Abbie C. Schrotenboer and Carolyn M Malmstrom},
Bioenergy production is driving modifications to native plant species for use as novel biofuel crops. Key aims are to increase crop growth rates and to enhance conversion efficiency by reducing biomass recalcitrance to digestion. However, selection for these biofuel-valuable traits has potential to compromise plant defenses and alter interactions with pests and pathogens. Insect-vectored plant viruses are of particular concern because perennial crops have potential to serve as virus reservoirs… CONTINUE READING
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