Transient RNAi assay in 96-well plate format facilitates high-throughput gene function studies in planta. Academic Article uri icon


  • Here we describe a rapid high-throughput method for performing RNA interference (RNAi) in moss, in which phenotyping is performed within 1 week after transformation. The moss Physcomitrella patens is a great plant model system for reverse genetic studies due to its amenability to homologous recombination as well as RNAi. Our lab has developed a rapid RNAi assay to screen for growth phenotypes in moss protonemal tissue. Here we describe how we have recently further facilitated this assay by modifying the PEG-mediated transformation protocol allowing for transformations to be carried out in a semiautomated fashion in a 96-well plate format.

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  • 2012