Restricted Research - Award List, Note/Discussion Page

Fiscal Year: 2018

1987  The University of Texas at San Antonio  (75805)

Principal Investigator: Sunter, Garry (Principal Investigator)  

Total Amount of Contract, Award, or Gift (Annual before 2011): $ 1,000,520

Exceeds $250,000 (Is it flagged?): Yes

Start and End Dates: 7/1/17 - 6/30/21

Restricted Research: YES

Academic Discipline: COS BIOLOGY  

Department, Center, School, or Institute: South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases (STCEID)  

Title of Contract, Award, or Gift: Crop Protection using Transgenic Plants that Complement Deconstructed Insect Transmitted Viral Vectors

Name of Granting or Contracting Agency/Entity: Pennsylvania State University

Program Title: N/A
CFDA Linked: Research and Technology Development


Plant productivity can be improved by the addition of genes, or through the timely activation of their own genes in response to stresses. However, one in the field, there are not natural mechanisms to facilitate acquisition of new genes. This proposal seeks to overcome this limitation by utilizing insect-transmitted viruses to deliver genes. By developing this technology, Humans could then now play a new role in optimizing plant response in agricultural systems. The over-arching goal of this project can therefore be viewed as optimizing plant productivity through human rationalized intervention that is mediated by delivery of genes to mature plants with a timing and specificity that improves upon general plant stress responses. Our proof-of-principle delivery targets include expression of a drought tolerance gene, manipulation of stress response through transcription factors and small RNA delivery, and general protective methods against viral infection as mediated through viral replicase aptamers.

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