CRISPR-Cas9- A powerful gene editing tool helps to produce disease resistance cocoa plant!!

We already know that reliable productivity from #cocoa plants is essential to the multibillion-dollar #chocolate industry, the economies of producing countries and the livelihoods of millions of smallholder cacoa farmers.

Recenty Western Africa is Suffering from disease that lead to the destruction of cocoa fruit yield as cocoa pods are very much persistence to fungal #diseases,so researchers have started concentrating on disease resistance and long time generation of cocoa trees.

CRISPR stands for clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats. It is a way to modify an organism's #genome by precisely delivering a #DNA-cutting enzyme, Cas9, to a targeted region of DNA. 

The researchers hypothesized that using CRISPR-Cas9 can knock out #fungal infection would result in enhanced disease resistance cocoa trees.

Story Source- Penn state

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