Musab Abdukadir IsakErciyes University, Turkey
Title: Application of CRISPR-Cas Systems in Developing Disease-Resistant Watermelon
Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) is a commercially significant fruit crop for its flavor and nutritional benefits. Its growth, however, is severely hampered by a variety of diseases and pests, resulting in large output losses. Traditional breeding strategies have been used to generate disease-resistant watermelon cultivars, but their effectiveness is restricted by the complexities of plant-pathogen interactions. CRISPR-Cas genome editing has transformed plant biotechnology, providing precise and efficient tools for developing disease-resistant crops like watermelon. The article examines the use of CRISPR-Cas systems for disease-resistant watermelons and discusses advances in genome editing. Regulatory procedures for releasing genome-edited crops are highlighted, targeting key defense genes against watermelon pathogens. In conclusion, the application of CRISPR-Cas systems in developing disease-resistant watermelons holds great promise for addressing the challenges associated with watermelon cultivation.
Musab Abdukadir Isak, a Ph.D. student at Erciyes University, Turkey. He is a dedicated researcher in plant biotechnology with expertise in tissue culture, Molecular Biology. Having published one article and participated in three peer reviews, Musab aims to develop improved crop varieties with enhanced traits like disease resistance. With his multidisciplinary skills and passion for research, he is poised to make valuable contributions to the field of plant biotechnology, addressing critical challenges and promoting global food security.