Does anyone know what the current opinion on the mechanism of
Coat Protein Mediated Resistance in plants? As far as I understand it
noone really knows but it has been suggested that the CP molecules
replicated may block binding sites in the cell. Also is antisense RNA
mediated protection having any success yet? Most of the papers Ihave
seen seem to show a breakdown in resistance as inoculum levels increase.
Finally (the last question) does anyone have any opinions on the
proposal by Greene and Allison (Science, 263 March 11th 1994) and the subsequent comments by
Falk & Bruening (same issue), and Hull (on this group) as to the dangers
of CPMP plants allowing the production of new viral strains through
Replies through email as well as to this group would be appreciated.
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