RNAi-mediated disruption of squalene synthase improves drought tolerance and yield in rice

  title={RNAi-mediated disruption of squalene synthase improves drought tolerance and yield in rice},
  author={Lakshmi P. Manavalan and Xi Chen and Joseph D. Clarke and John M. Salmeron and Henry T. Nguyen},
  booktitle={Journal of experimental botany},
About one-third of the world's rice area is in rain-fed lowlands and most are prone to water shortage. The identification of genes imparting tolerance to drought in the model cereal plant, rice, is an attractive strategy to engineer improved drought tolerance not only rice but other cereals as well. It is demonstrated that RNAi-mediated disruption of a rice farnesyltransferase/squalene synthase (SQS) by maize squalene synthase improves drought tolerance at both the vegetative and reproductive… CONTINUE READING


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