New Gene-Detecting Technology Developed at the John Innes Centre Brings New, Resilient Super Wheat Closer.
Scientists at the John Innes Centre (JIC) and The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) have pioneered a new gene-detecting technology they have named “MutRenSeq”. This process involves inducing mutations in plants with resistance to a particular disease. The genomes of the plants where mutations have caused a loss of resistance are compared to the original resistant plant. This procedure allows the scientists to determine which gene is responsible for the resistance. The gene can then be isolated and inserted into elite crop varieties.