Location: Crops Pathology and Genetics Research
Project Number: 5306-22000-015-23
Start Date: May 01, 2011
End Date: Apr 30, 2012
1. Amplify about 700 bases and clone this gene in sense and antisense orientation separated by an intron. Upon expression of the transgene, the mRNA is processed and the intron will be cleaved to generate a hairpin RNA (hRNA) which will be targeted by the plant RNA-induced silencing complex to generate siRNA resulting systemic silencing of the cognate RNA. 2)Somatic Embryonic callus will be generated from WIP clone 48-12, a walnut selection identified by the UCD breeders as a male-sterile line and transformed by agroinfection. Transformed plants will be screened for the presence of transgene and grown to produce woody material to serve as interstocks. 3)wild leaf samples will be collected from walnut trees showing blackline disease and RT-PCR analysis will be performed on RNA extracted from the leaves. 4)Viral proteins that elicit HR will be determined and used subsequently to challenge test plants.