many countries cotton (Gossypium spp.) is one of the most important
fiber producing plants. The main concerns in growing cotton are the
inverse relationship between cotton fiber qualities and high yields. The
disclosed technology proposes a way to solve the problem of growing
immature and short cotton fibers caused by drought stress. There
currently are no known solutions to this problem, other than traditional
breeding with the modification of particular genes involved in cotton
maturation. The technology shows that RAV genes are indeed important for
plant hormone abscisic acid and environmental signaling roles in fiber
- Agricultural biotechnology
- GMO crops
Features, Benefits, & Advantages:
RAV overexpression in cotton increases fiber length and delays flowering via up-regulation of genes involved in fiber initiation and fiber elongation, as well as down-regulation of genes involved in flowering initiation.
- Drought tolerance
- No flowering of immature plants
- No short cotton fibers
This technology has been tested in the field.
A US provisional application was filed 12/09/2014 and a PCT application was filed 12/09/15.