Claire Scollan

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Cytokinins (CKs) are phytohormones that play an important role in plant growth and development. Although the first naturally produced CK, zeatin, was isolated almost four decades ago, no endogenous gene has been shown to produce active CKs in planta. In an activation tagging experiment we have identified a petunia line that showed CK-specific effects(More)
The chromodomain of the Drosophila Polycomb (Pc) protein has been introduced into tobacco nuclei to determine its location in the nucleus and its effect on plant development. Pc is a repressor of homeotic Drosophila genes that shares a well-conserved, although not identical, chromodomain with a structural heterochromatin component, Heterochromatin Protein(More)
Two transgenes inserted into different genomic positions can co-inactivate each other when they share homologous sequences while each of the two homologous transgenes is stably expressed in the absence of a second homologous copy. To evaluate the efficiency of such homology-dependent gene silencing (HDGS) effects, we have produced 19 tobacco transformants(More)
As in other higher eukaryotes, DNA methylation in plants is predominantly found at deoxycytosine residues, while deoxyadenosine residues are not methylated at significant levels. 6mdA methylation has been successfully introduced into yeast and Drosophila via expression of a heterologous methyltransferase, but similar attempts in tobacco had, up until now,(More)
A major pathogen of potato plants (Solanum tuberosum) is the potato cyst nematode (Globodera spp.), which induces localized redifferentiation of a limited number of host cells to form a specialized feeding-site termed the syncytium. A novel strategy utilizing the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was employed to construct a cDNA library from dissected potato(More)
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