EncRNA: Evaluation of exogenous RNA as non-GMO based strategy to improve plant stress resilience

01 October 2021 → 30 September 2025
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Epigenetics
    • Plant cell and molecular biology
    • Plant immunology
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Agricultural plant protection
    • Agricultural plant breeding and biotechnology
epigenetics plant stress RNA
Project description

This project aims to investigate the target and non-target effects of exogenously applied long noncoding RNAs (encRNAs) on rice plants. Several long ncRNAs have been selected and uptake of these RNAs in rice is predicted to enhance stress resilience in plants. We will focus on salt and drought stress as abiotic stresses, and defense against nematodes as biotic stress. The off-target effects through various epigenetic mechanisms will also be investigated as these could have implications for regulation and acceptance of this non-transgenic approach for crop protection.