The discovery of small RNAs has added a key component to the knowledge of the eukaryotic cell's repertoire of regulatory mechanisms. The recent explosion of research on gene silencing mediated by small RNAs has shown that they are essential for plants to mount defense responses against invading viruses and abiotic stress, to prevent transposons from jumping, to regulate diverse developmental processes, and even to modulate their own biogenesis. The current and future research is focused on determining the extent to which Short Interfering RNAs (siRNAs) or MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are likely to influence tissue and organ-specific gene expression in soybean by providing estimates of the number of unique small RNAs in selected tissue and organ systems and mapping those to ESTs and to the recently completed soybean genome. The data would also provide a valuable resource for targeting physiological processes that may be regulated in this manner in this important plant species.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Designing Soybeans for 21st Century Markets|
|Number of pages||17|
|State||Published - Jan 10 2012|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)