Advances and perspectives on the use of CRISPR/Cas9 systems in plant genomics research

Degao Liu, Rongbin Hu, Kaitlin J. Palla, Gerald A. Tuskan, Xiaohan Yang

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Genome editing with site-specific nucleases has become a powerful tool for functional characterization of plant genes and genetic improvement of agricultural crops. Among the various site-specific nuclease-based technologies available for genome editing, the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated protein 9 (Cas9) systems have shown the greatest potential for rapid and efficient editing of genomes in plant species. This article reviews the current status of application of CRISPR/Cas9 to plant genomics research, with a focus on loss-of-function and gain-of-function analysis of individual genes in the context of perennial plants and the potential application of CRISPR/Cas9 to perturbation of gene expression, and identification and analysis of gene modules as part of an accelerated domestication and synthetic biology effort.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)70-77
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Opinion in Plant Biology
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

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