Document Type

Patent

Publication Date

3-18-2008

Abstract

The present invention relates to the mitogen-activated protein kinase called MAPK5. The rice MAPK5 gene, its protein and kinase activity were induced by abscisic acid, pathogen infection, wounding, drought, salt and cold temperature. However, suppression of MAPK5 expression and kinase activity in dsRNAi transgenic plants resulted in constitutive expression of pathogenesis-related genes such as PR-1 and PR-10 but enhanced resistance to fungal and bacterial pathogens. In contrast, overexpressed transgenic lines exhibited elevated MAPK5 kinase activity and increased tolerance to drought, salt and cold stresses. This invention also provides methods for increasing tolerance to abiotic and biotic stress in plant using MAPK5.

Department

Plant Pathology

Patent Number

US7345219

Application Number

US20040209325

Application Published

10-21-2004

Application Filed

1-31-2004

Assignee

The Board of Trustees for the University of Arkansas (Little Rock, AR)

Comments

Yinong Yang, Department of Plant Pathology

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