Non-target-site herbicide resistance: a family business

Joshua S. Yuan, Patrick J. Tranel, C. Neal Stewart

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We have witnessed a dramatic increase in the frequency and diversity of herbicide-resistant weed biotypes over the past two decades, which poses a threat to the sustainability of agriculture at both local and global levels. In addition, non-target-site mechanisms of herbicide resistance seem to be increasingly implicated. Non-target-site herbicide resistance normally involves the biochemical modification of the herbicide and/or the compartmentation of the herbicide (and its metabolites). In contrast to herbicide target site mutations, fewer non-target mechanisms have been elucidated at the molecular level because of the inherently complicated biochemical processes and the limited genomic information available for weedy species. To further understand the mechanisms of non-target-site resistance, we propose an integrated genomics approach to dissect systematically the functional genomics of four gene families in economically important weed species.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-13
Number of pages8
JournalTrends in Plant Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science


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