I. Biology of Plant Virus Infection
II. Genetic Engineering for Virus Resistance in Plants: Different Viruses Demand Different Strategies
Part I: Biology of Plant Virus Infection
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This seminar describes the cell and molecular biology of plant virus infection. The first lecture will discuss how virus replication centers are set up in plants and how viruses use host cell mechanisms to facilitate cell to cell movement and eventual pathogenesis. The second part of the lecture will relate how this information can be used to produce crops resistant to specific viruses through different biotechnology strategies.
Roger Beachy is the founding president of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, Missouri where his research focuses on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of virus disease in plants. Before joining the Danforth Center, Beachy headed the Division of Plant Biology at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla from 1991-1998 and he was a member of the Biology Department at Washington University in St. Louis from 1978-1991.