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Whole plasmids are used in both Agrobacterium-mediated transformation and direct DNA transfer, generally leading to the integration of vector backbone sequences into the host genome along with the transgene(s). This is undesirable, as vector backbone sequences often have negative effects on transgene or endogenous gene expression, and can promote transgene(More)
Transgenic rice (Oryza sativa L.) lines were generated through particle-bombardment-mediated transformation. Hygromycin phosphotransferase (hpt) was used as a selectable marker gene on co-integrate plasmids containing either one or two unselected genes, the Bialaphos-resistance gene (bar) coding for phosphinothricin acetyltransferase and the β-glucuronidase(More)
It has been appreciated for many years that the structure of a transgene locus can have a major influence on the level and stability of transgene expression. Until recently, however, it has been common practice to discard plant lines with poor or unstable expression levels in favor of those with practical uses. In the last few years, an increasing number of(More)
DNA transfer by particle bombardment makes use of physical processes to achieve the transformation of crop plants. There is no dependence on bacteria, so the limitations inherent in organisms such as Agrobacterium tumefaciens do not apply. The absence of biological constraints, at least until DNA has entered the plant cell, means that particle bombardment(More)
We transformed rice (Oryza sativa L.) simultaneously with five minimal cassettes, each containing a promoter, coding region and polyadenylation site but no vector backbone. We found that multi-transgene cotransformation was achieved with high efficiency using multiple cassettes, with all transgenic plants we generated containing at least two transgenes and(More)
The highly coordinated, dynamic nature of growth requires plants to perceive and react to various environmental signals in an interactive manner. Elaborate signaling networks mediate this plasticity in growth and the ability to adapt to changing environmental conditions. The fluctuations of stress-responsive hormones help alter the cellular dynamics and(More)
Oleaginous seeds store lipids in specialized structures called oil bodies (OBs). These organelles consist of a core of neutral lipids bound by proteins embedded in a phospholipid monolayer. OB proteins are well conserved in plants and have long been grouped into only two categories: structural proteins or enzymes. Recent work, however, which identified(More)
Transgenic rice plants were generated using particle bombardment to simultaneously introduce the rice Xa21 gene effective against bacterial blight and the Galanthus nivalis agglutinin (snowdrop lectin; gna) gene effective against sap-sucking insect pests, specifically the brown plant hopper. Using three plasmids, we co-transformed 5- to 10-d-old, mature(More)
The adoption of insect-resistant transgenic crops has been increasing annually at double-digit rates since the commercial release of first-generation maize and cotton expressing a single modified Bacillus thuringiensis toxin (Bt) nine years ago. Studies have shown that these Bt crops can be successfully deployed in agriculture, which has led to a decrease(More)
Selection for drought-tolerant cereal varieties has successfully moved to screening for grain yield under stress. Grain yield is the culmination of the process of grain filling, which in turn is closely linked to flag leaf functionalities. For grain filling to occur under drought, either a relatively uncompromised or a favorably reprogrammed functioning of(More)