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Application of CRISPR/Cas9 in Crop Quality Improvement

Liu, Q., Yang, F., Zhang, J.ORCID: 0000-0002-1623-4675, Liu, H., Rahman, S., Islam, S., Ma, W.ORCID: 0000-0002-1264-866X and She, M. (2021) Application of CRISPR/Cas9 in Crop Quality Improvement. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 22 (8). Article 4206.

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The various crop species are major agricultural products and play an indispensable role in sustaining human life. Over a long period, breeders strove to increase crop yield and improve quality through traditional breeding strategies. Today, many breeders have achieved remarkable results using modern molecular technologies. Recently, a new gene-editing system, named the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/Cas9 technology, has also succeeded in improving crop quality. It has become the most popular tool for crop improvement due to its versatility. It has accelerated crop breeding progress by virtue of its precision in specific gene editing. This review summarizes the current application of CRISPR/Cas9 technology in crop quality improvement. It includes the modulation in appearance, palatability, nutritional components and other preferred traits of various crops. In addition, the challenge in its future application is also discussed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): College of Science, Health, Engineering and Education
Western Australian State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre
Publisher: MDPI AG
Copyright: © 2021 The Authors
United Nations SDGs: Goal 2: Zero Hunger
Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
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