Sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) plays an important role in the economy of more than 140 countries, but it is grown in areas with intermittent stressful soil and climatic conditions. The stress tolerance could be addressed by manipulating the ethylene response factor (ERF) transcription factors because they orchestrate plant responses to environmental stress. We performed an in silico study on the ERFs in the expressed sequence tag database of C. sinensis to identify potential genes that regulate plant responses to stress.
In silico analysis
Cassava is one of the most important tropical food crops for more than 600 million people worldwide. Transgenic technologies can be useful for increasing its nutritional value and its resistance to viral diseases and insect pests. However, tissue-specific promoters that guarantee correct expression of transgenes would be necessary. We used inverse polymerase chain reaction to isolate a promoter sequence of the Mec1 gene coding for Pt2L4, a glutamic acid-rich protein differentially expressed in cassava storage roots.