A Portal of CRISPR-Cas9 Mediated Genome Editing

Welcome to CRISPR-PLANT!
CRISPR-PLANT is established to help researchers using the CRISPR-Cas9 system for plant genome editing.

What is CRISPR-Cas9?

Cas9 Figure

CRISPR-Cas9 is a type II CRISPR-Cas system. CRISPR-Cas9 system from Streptococcus pyogeneshas been developed as a simple and versatile tool for RNA guided genome editing (RGE) in different organisms. In Cas9 mediated RGE, a single or duplex short RNA molecule (guide RNA or gRNA) directs Cas9 to target the desired DNA site for genome modification or transcriptional control. gRNA-Cas9 recognizes targeted DNA by gRNA-DNA pairing between 5’-end leading sequence of gRNA (referred as gRNA spacer) and one DNA strand (complementary stand of protospacer). Cas9 also requires the presence of protospacer-adjacent motif (PAM) in the target site following the gRNA-DNA pairing region. The approximate 20 nt long gRNA spacer sequence could be readily programmed to target DNA sites with PAM. But gRNA-Cas9 also recognizes PAM sites that match gRNA spacer imperfectly, resulting off-target risk in genome editing. As a result, designing gRNA with highly specific spacer sequence is critical for RGE.


In CRISPR-PLANT, we provide a platform to help researchers to design and construct specific gRNAs for CRISPR-Cas9 mediated genome editing in plants. In this database, gRNA spacer sequences with specificity information are available for eight model plant species or crop species.

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2014.01.08 Update to version 0.5. Arabidopsis and rice data could be explored in JBrowse now.

2013.10.21 CRISPR-PLANT 0.1 was online.

2013.10.15 Demo version was set up.

CRISPR-PLANT is supported by Penn State and AGI.