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The School of Life Sciences was ranked 2nd in the UK for Agriculture, Food and Veterinary research in the Government's 2014 “Research Excellence”

Fascination of Plants DayWe invite you to join the School of Life Sciences at the Wellesbourne Campus on May 18th, 6-8pm in celebration of Fascination of Plants Day , for an evening of talks and demonstrations to showcase several fascinating aspects of our research on plants - focusing on food production and protecting the natural environment.

Free Public Event - Recommended age 16+

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Eukaryotic translation initiation factor 2B-beta (eIF2Bβ), a new class of plant virus resistance gene

Plant Journal feb17Shopan Jannat, Haipeng Mou, Lili Zhang, Changtong Zhang, Weiwei Ma, John A. Walsh, Zhongyuan Hu, Jinghua Yang, Mingfang Zhang

Recessive resistances to plant viruses in the Potyvirus genus have been found to be based on mutations in the plant eukaryotic translation initiation factors, eIF4E and eIF4G or their isoforms. Here we report that natural, monogenic recessive resistance to the potyvirus Turnip mosaic virus (TuMV) has been found in a number of mustard (Brassica juncea) accessions. Our findings provide a new target for seeking natural resistance to potyviruses and new opportunities for the control of potyviruses using genome editing techniques targeted on eIF2Bβ.

The Plant Journal. February 2017

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