Specialists from the China University of Science and Technology have figured out how to protect plants from viruses. Chinese biologists have managed to identify a protein that interferes with the synthesis of viral proteins in plant cells, according to Xinhua.
The study authors believe their work could help increase crop resistance to viruses. This is essential for global food security.
A virus is a simple life form that can only hijack the body’s protein assembly line in order to make copies of itself.
Zhao Zhong, professor who led the study
He added that his team has discovered a protein called Wuschel that can inhibit this process, that is, prevent the virus from multiplying.
The results of this work will help develop new ways to address the challenge of increasing crop resilience to viruses for global food security, said Professor Zhao Zhong, who led the study.
Further research, the agency said, showed that Wuschel could be an effective antiviral tool for other types of cells, which is able to inhibit many viral infections. On the basis of this work, scientists are planning to develop plant varieties that are highly resistant to viruses.