IITA paper on genome editing among most read Open Access journal
6 November 2020
The article is about the integrated endogenous banana streak virus (eBSV) in the B genome of plantain (AAB). Banana Streak Virus presents a significant challenge for breeding and disseminating hybrids since it activates into infectious viral particles under stress. Seventy-five percent of the edited events were asymptomatic compared to the non-edited control plants under water stress conditions, confirming the inactivation of eBSV into infectious viral particles. The study paves the way for improving B genome germplasm and its use in breeding programs to produce hybrids that can be globally disseminated.
Tripathi highlighted how OA publishing has helped advance her career: “Open Access has enhanced the visibility, accessibility, and the impact of my research and development activities and improves the speed, efficiency, and efficacy of the research. With Open Access, I am just one click away from advanced science-related publications without any financial burden on my publicly funded research. Open Access articles have provided publicity for my research, which, in return, have increased my connections and funding for our research.”
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