Dawn A. Baertlein

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Both tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum cv VF 36) plants and suspension cultured cells show phosphate starvation inducible (psi) excretion of acid phosphatase (Apase). Apase excretion in vitro was proportional to the level of exogenous orthophosphate (Pi). Intracellular Apase activity remained the same in both Pi-starved and sufficient cells, while Apase(More)
We have introduced an ice nucleation gene (inaZ) from Pseudomonas syringae pv. syringae into Nicotiana tabacum, a freezing-sensitive species, and Solanum commersonii, a freezing-tolerant species. Transformants of both species showed increased ice nucleation activity over untransformed controls. The concentration of ice nuclei detected at -10.5 degrees C in(More)
Three-day-old suspension cultured cells of Lycopersicon esculentum transferred to a Pi-depleted medium had 2.7 times the excreted acid phosphatase (Apase) activity of cells transferred to a Pi-sufficient medium. Cell growth during this time period was identical for the two treatments. Excreted Apase activity was resolved into two fractions on a Sephadex(More)
A major component of the autotrophic capability of higher plants is the ability to "mine" inorganic compounds directly from the environment. This survival strategy, evolved by green plants and certain microorganisms, involves acquisition of mineral nutrients from the adjacent external medium. Plant nutrition is one of the major disciplines in the field of(More)
The bacterial ice nucleation gene inaZ confers production of ice nuclei when transferred into transgenic plants. Conditioning of the transformed plant tissue at temperatures near 0°C greatly increased the ice nucleation activity in plants, and maximum ice nucleation activity was achieved only after low-temperature conditioning for about 48 h. Although the(More)
Plantlets were regenerated from alfalfa callus following passage through a tissue culture medium which contained gibberellic acid. A proportion of these plantlets showed obvious morphological variations. Leaflet, stem and petiole tissue of these plants were extracted to yield a soluble protein homogenate which was characterized by polyacrylamide gel(More)
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