Crop: Water melon (Citrullus lanatus)
Property: Herbicide tolerance
The watermelon belongs to the pumpkin family. Pumpkins require a lot of space to grow, which renders their plant density in the field relatively low. As a result, watermelon fields are highly susceptible to weeds. Chinese scientists at China Agricultural University have used base editing to create a targeted point mutation in a gene responsible for herbicide tolerance in plants. This made the cultivated plants tolerant to the herbicide tribenuron.
|Title||Engineering herbicide-resistant watermelon variety through CRISPR/Cas9-mediated base-editing|
|Authors||Shouwei Tian et al.|
|Journal||Plant Cell Reports|