The discovery of CRISPR-Cas as a genomic ‘pair of scissors’ has been described by some as ‘simply revolutionary’. This discovery has even been awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry! But what can we do with these scissors? CRISPR-Cas has already led to exciting applications in the medical field, but the potential of this technology is much greater. Recently, with the upcoming EU proposal on the regulation of CRISPR-Cas and related technology, the focus has shifted towards plant breeding. The need for sustainable agricultural systems is increasing, with the EU presenting clear targets for 2030 like a great reduction in the use of crop protection products. Seeds of high quality with sustainable traits, that provide stable yields in changing climates, play a vital role in improving that sustainability.
Monique van Vegchel will present some practical applications of CRISPR-Cas in plants that are already on the market, as well as examples of applications in the future. The possibilites are not endless, but they are definitely very promising!
Speaker: Monique van Vegchel, Plantum