Answer :

(a) A nematode Meloidogyne incognita is known to cause root rot in tobacco plant


- Initially nematocides were used to deal with this nematode.


- But later on, the scientists modified the tobacco crop and adopted a method to kill the nematode called the RNA interference (RNAi).


- In the RNAi mechanism, scientist introduced a host specific double standard DNA using Agrobacterium tumefaciens.


- The DNA had both sense & antisense sequences so, that when transcription happen complementary RNA strands of both sense & antisense strands are produced.


- Both RNA strands being complementary forms double strands & gets chop-off since RNA of nematode gets inactivate.


(b) Golden rice is the example of genetically modified crops.


- β-carotene gene from daffodil plant was introduced into the rice plant, in order to nutritionally enrich it with vitamin A.


- β-carotene is the precursor of vitamin A.


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