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dsRNA Genetic Elements

Concepts and Applications in Agriculture, Forestry, and Medicine, 1st Edition

Edited by Stellos M. Tavantzis

CRC Press

304 pages | 30 B/W Illus.

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Our understanding of the nature, origin, and biological roles of double-stranded RNA found in fungi, plants, and animals has advanced greatly during the last five years. Because these genetic elements are capable of replication, they can be used to manage fungal diseases of crops, vegetables, turfgrass, fruit, and forest trees using genetic means rather than by environmentally hazardous chemicals. And recent evidence suggests that the presence of small amounts of dsRNA elicits sequence-specific gene silencing, which may lead to the development of treatments aimed at silencing harmful genes causing serious diseases in animals and humans.

dsRNA Genetic Elements: Concepts and Applications in Agriculture, Forestry, and Medicine compiles and unifies current knowledge of dsRNA genetic factors from different biological systems and discusses high-impact applications to agriculture, forestry, and medicine. It is a compilation of the latest advances on dsRNA systems from yeast, filamentous fungi, plants, and animals. This authoritative text is a valuable source of knowledge for a diverse audience from many areas of biology including molecular biology, genetics, and virology, as well as from applied fields in agriculture, forestry, and pharmaceutics.

Table of Contents

RNAi and Cosuppression: Double-Stranded RNA as an Agent of Sequence-Specific Genetic Silencing in Animals and Plants, Jeffrey A. Norman and Mary K. Montgomery

The Double-Stranded RNA-Activated Protein Kinase PKR, Randal J. Kaufman

The Double-Stranded RNA Viruses of Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, Reed B. Wickner, Juan Carlos Ribas, and Anjanette Searfoss

The Double-Stranded RNA Viruses of Ustilago Maydis and Their

Killer Toxins, Jeremy Bruenn

Molecular Basis of Symptom Expression by the Cryphonectria Hypovirus, Patricia M. McCabe and Neal K. Van Alfen

Engineering Hypoviruses for Fundamental and Practical Applications, Donald L. Nuss, Baoshan Chen, Lynn M. Geletka, Todd B. Parsley, and Nobuhiro Suzuki

Viruses of the Dutch Elm Disease Fungi, Kenneth W. Buck and Clive M. Brasier

Double-Stranded RNA Elements Modulating Virulence in Rhizoctonia Solani, Stellos M. Tavantzis, Dilip K. Lakshman, and Chunyu Liu

Molecular Genetics of the Viruses Infecting the Plant Pathogenic Fungus Helminthosporium Victoriae, Said A. Ghabrial, Ana I. Soldevila, and Wendy M. Havens

Unraveling the Viral Complex Associated with La France Disease

of the Cultivated Mushroom, Agaricus Bisporus, C.P. Romaine and M.M. Goodin

Large dsRNA Genetic Elements in Plants, Pierre Pfeiffer


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Molecular Biology
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General