Did you know that susceptibility is an exception in nature and resistance is the rule?
Mounting evidence suggest that plants as well animals including us, whether susceptible or resistant to certain diseases, all contain the the necessary genetic information for effective defense mechanisms.
Here you can find our contribution as a book chapter entitled "Biochemical Markers for Disease Resistance"
ACTIVATION OF THE GENS FOR RESISTANCE IS THE KEA FOR OUR HEALTH. CERTAINLY, NEITHER THE PESTICIDES NOR THE ANTIBIOTiCS are the NATURAL solution for diseases control.
Here you can find our related article entitled "Evaluation and Identification of Basil Germ Plasm for Resistance to Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. basilicum
NUFAR - a sweet basil cultivar resistant to Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. basilicum - several stages in resistance tests
Scientists have high hopes for corn genome-
By David Brown
Friday, November 20, 2009
"Work in mammals suggests that scientists interested in things like human diseases would be well served to pay attention to
what's happening in plants, and in corn in particular," said Virginia Walbot, a molecular geneticist at Stanford University.
Indeed, it now appears that hundreds and maybe thousands of genes were involved in the domestication of corn.
Moreover, mounting evidence suggest that plants and animals including human being, whether susceptible or resistant to certain diseases, all contain the necessary genetic information for effective defense mechanisms.
Clearly, within thousands years of breeding for domestication of corn for better yield probably left behind many resistance threats against pests. The present genome will certainly be used to reintroduce these "lost genes" back to the genome and avoid long and sometimes frustrating conventional breeding work.
By Dirk Lammers, Associated Press
“A $10.5 million research project aimed at mapping the DNA sequence of sunflowers could one day yield a towering new variety for both food and fuel.
Researchers envision crossbreeding a standard sunflower with the Silverleaf species out of Texas to produce a hybrid with bright yellow flowers bursting with tasty seeds and thick stalks filled with complex sugars that can be turned into ethanol”.
It is time to recall how such achievements have been started while in 1961, Nirenberg and a colleague conducted an experiment that showed how the genetic information contained in DNA is translated into the protein molecules in cells. Professor Marshall Nirenberg, a scientist whose work untangling fundamental genetic processes earned him a Nobel Prize, has recently died at the age of 82.