Brendan McGonigle

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By BLAST searching a large expressed sequence tag database for glutathione S-transferase (GST) sequences we have identified 25 soybean (Glycine max) and 42 maize (Zea mays) clones and obtained accurate full-length GST sequences. These clones probably represent the majority of members of the GST multigene family in these species. Plant GSTs are divided(More)
Isoflavones have drawn much attention because of their benefits to human health. These compounds, which are produced almost exclusively in legumes, have natural roles in plant defense and root nodulation. Isoflavone synthase catalyzes the first committed step of isoflavone biosynthesis, a branch of the phenylpropanoid pathway. To identify the gene encoding(More)
We report a formal model of transitive inference based on protocols from experiments on squirrel monkeys solving the 5-term series problem (McGonigle & Chalmers, 1977, 1992). These studies generate databases featuring transitive choice, task transfer (where at first a significant decrement is observed, and later substantial improvement without explicit(More)
Metabolic engineering for production of isoflavones in non-legume plants may provide the health benefits of these phytoestrogens from consumption of more widely used grains. In legumes, isoflavones function in both the symbiotic relationship with rhizobial bacteria and the plant defense response. Expression of a soybean isoflavone synthase (IFS) gene in(More)
Improving the development of agent intelligence requires improving the mechanisms of that development. This paper explores the application of an established software methodology, object-oriented design, to agent development in two ways. We present a distributed agent architecture, Edmund, and describe first its own object-oriented structure. Then we relate(More)
We report the results of a 4-year-long study of capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella ) on concurrent three-way classification and linear size seriation tasks using explicit ordering procedures, requiring subjects to select icons displayed on touch screens rather than manipulate and sort actual objects into groups. The results indicate that C. apella is competent(More)
Enterobacter cloacae attached to drinking water distribution particles was subjected to chlorination. Attachment resulted in the protection of these organisms from disinfection. This effect was found to be dependent upon both the level of chlorine in the system and attachment time. The results obtained in this study indicate that attached organisms may play(More)