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By R. P. Finch (auth.), George Marshall, Dale Walters (eds.)

Few members will be unmoved by means of the effect of molecular biology. Advances within the self-discipline over 4 many years have stepped forward at a fee unrivalled in different clinical parts. In its youth, molecular biology tested the chemical and actual constructions of organic molecules, thus elucidated the character and serve as of DNA and advanced into molecular genetics. From this exponential progress of medical wisdom, super possibilities have been created for the appliance of molecular methods to unravel difficulties in utilized biology. This publication describes the hot efficient organization among novel nation­ of-the-art molecular biology and crop safety, a self-discipline with a valid historical past in conventional utilized biology and chemistry. by no means sooner than has crop defense confronted such varied demanding situations. it really is charged with bettering worldwide meals provides and with the strain of inhabitants raises of 1 billion within the subsequent decade. yet to think about security of vegetation easily by way of weed, pest and affliction keep an eye on will be a gross oversimplification of the undertaking. particularly, crop protectionists needs to enhance measures as a way to keep crop yield and caliber with out damage to the surroundings. Chemical, cultural and organic methods to crop safeguard should also fulfil evolving legislative calls for and handle the problems which confer public acceptability.

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A) Gene cloning While many genes have been cloned and the numbers are growing rapidly, only in a limited number of cases will the specific gene of interest be 46 Molecular approaches to the design of chemical crop protection agents available for the relevant organism. It is worth emphasizing that, for both antisense and gene disruption, it is essential that the gene from the organism to be studied is available. Consequently, many projects will start by cloning the gene of interest and there are four basic techniques that can be employed, examples of which will be described below: 1.

As both methods require that the gene for the target enzyme is available, the possible approaches to obtaining the gene are outlined before discussing the two methods. (a) Gene cloning While many genes have been cloned and the numbers are growing rapidly, only in a limited number of cases will the specific gene of interest be 46 Molecular approaches to the design of chemical crop protection agents available for the relevant organism. It is worth emphasizing that, for both antisense and gene disruption, it is essential that the gene from the organism to be studied is available.

26 An introduction to molecular technology Artificial oligonucleotide probes If the protein product of the required gene can be isolated and purified, partial amino acid sequences can be determined and corresponding artificial oligonucleotide probes synthesized. However, due to the degeneracy of the genetic code, each probe must consist of a mixture of nucleotide constructions and this can cause problems of specificity, although knowledge of codon preference in the species can minimize this problem.

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