Drought resistant DNA to be transferred to wheat

Niğde Ömer Halisdemir University Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Technologies Agricultural Genetic Engineering Faculty Member Assoc. Dr. Ozturk Gokce Neslihan zahide, AA correspondent, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, under the auspices of Industry and Technology Ministry affirmed Istanbul Technical University Polar Research Application and Research Center coordinated 2 years ago 3. National Antarctic Science Expedition reminded performed.

Prof. Dr. Gökçe reminded that Sedat Serçe brought “Antarctic hair grass” and “Antarctic pearl tea”, which can be grown in Antarctica, to the university by sampling from 8 different locations, and reminded that these species were taken under protection.

Stating that they reproduce these plants and at the same time ensure their survival, Gökçe said, “For two years, the plants have been growing healthily. At the same time, we have taken their seeds, we have done tissue culture studies. We have tested these plants to be used in landscaping in the cold environment of Niğde. we put it in a place that had no sun at the university. They kept growing so vividly. ” used the expressions.

Gökçe stated that the hair grass plant is a relative of barley and wheat from the poaceae, it grows in the most nutrient-scarce, wind-dry and salty environments due to sea water in Antarctica.

Pointing out that they aim to pass the mechanisms that will enable them to resist drought and salinity to agriculturally used plants and to activate them, Gökçe said that the DNA that enables “Antarctic hair grass” to grow in extremely arid and salty environments will be transferred to wheat.

Explaining that within the scope of the project supported by TÜBİTAK, they will detect the miRNA genes that enable the “Antarctic hair grass” to survive in extreme arid and salty environments, Gökçe said, “In later projects, these genes are transferred to grains, especially wheat, and transgenic that does not lose yield even in case of water shortage due to climate change. plants are planned to be acquired. ” said.

“I think plants grow in the most extreme conditions in Antarctica”

Stating that their main purpose is to combat drought and salinity, Gökçe said:

“We are currently in a global climate change. We have had this winter almost without rain. A dry winter is passing. This will of course have a very negative effect on our winter wheat yield. Whatever allows these plants to grow in an environment without water, I transfer this to an agriculturally important plant.” Time, we have a chance to ensure that it grows with minimum water, perhaps only with rainfall and in this case it does not lose yield. After all, our main goal is to see what is different first. I think that the plants brought from Turkey grow under the most extreme conditions in the world. They show that we can achieve this in other plants without losing yield in arid or salty conditions. we can cry. “

Stating that their work is supported by TÜBİTAK, Gökçe added that they continue the project successfully.