Scientists find effective defence strategy by a resistant tomato cultivar against tomato leaf curl New Delhi virus

Scientists of the National Institute of Plant Genomics Research NIPGR have studied an effective defence strategy used by a resistant tomato cultivar against Tomato leaf curl New Delhi virus ToLCNDV that leads to severe losses in tomato yield worldwide, the Department of Biotechnology DBT said on Monday.


PTI | New Delhi | Updated: 16-08-2021 19:29 IST | Created: 16-08-2021 19:29 IST
Scientists find effective defence strategy by a resistant tomato cultivar against tomato leaf curl New Delhi virus
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Scientists of the National Institute of Plant Genomics Research (NIPGR) have studied an effective defence strategy used by a resistant tomato cultivar against Tomato leaf curl New Delhi virus (ToLCNDV) that leads to severe losses in tomato yield worldwide, the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) said on Monday. Lack of information on resistance (R) genes against ToLCNDV has considerably retarded the pace of crop improvement against this rapidly spreading pathogen. Several attempts have been made to identify antiviral genes against ToLCNDV and related viruses.

''It employs Sw5a (R gene) that recognises AC4 protein (viral effector) of ToLCNDV to restrict virus spread. At the transcriptional level, the sly-miR159-SlMyb33 module has been identified as governing gene expression of Sw5a,” the DBT said.

The NIPGR is an autonomous body under the Department of Biotechnology. The investigators have provided a mechanistic insight into slymiR159-SlMyb33–controlled Sw5a-mediated defence response in tomato against ToLCNDV, it said.

''These findings could be translated into development of resistance in susceptible cultivars of tomato through modern breeding or molecular approaches,'' it said. This work was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

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