WINE at Rudgers U

Synonyms
Chardonnay
grapes
mildew
Current Status
UNDER DEVELOPMENT
Engineered Organism
Further Notes
At Rutgers University in New Jersey, researchers led by Rong Di’s plant genetics lab isolated three genes in grapes that appear to allow powdery mildew spores to attach and attack wine grapes, particularly chardonnay. The lab is using the CRISPR/Cas9 technique, which precisely edits and splices out areas where a gene may exist, or can precisely add a gene or new gene domain. This technique could shut down the functions of genes that can make an attack powdery mildew easier.