|Title: Method To Produce Infection-Fighting Plants|
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Agricultural Research Service scientists are producing plants that have enhanced disease-fighting power. Plants naturally produce hydrogen peroxide in response to microbial invasion. Hydrogen peroxide possesses moderate antimicrobial activity. This invention provides a method of making pathogen-resistant plants by modifying the plants with a gene, called chroloperoxidase, from a naturally-occurring bacteria that boosts the plants ability to fight microbial pathogens. Presence of the chloroperoxidase gene results in more than a 100-fold increase in a plant's ability to fight lethal microbes. By developing plants with built-in disease protection, this invention could ultimately lead to a reduced-reliance on chemical pesticides. This invention could be used to transform a variety of plants and crops, including those for food use.
Please refer to USPN 6,703,540 (Docket #0021.98), "Transformation of Plants with a Non-Heme Chloroperoxidase Gene to Enhance Disease Resistance, which issued on March 9, 2004.