Jan H. W. Bergervoet

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The BOLITA (BOL) gene, an AP2/ERF transcription factor, was characterized with the help of an activation tag mutant and overexpression lines in Arabidopsis and tobacco. The leaf size of plants overexpressing BOL was smaller than wild type plants due to a reduction in both cell size and cell number. Moreover, severe overexpressors showed ectopic callus(More)
Despite the seemingly continuous development of newer and ever more elaborate methods for detecting and identifying viruses, very few of these new methods get adopted for routine use in testing laboratories, often despite the many and varied claimed advantages they possess. To understand why the rate of uptake of new technologies is so low, requires a(More)
The ability of embryos at different developmental stages to form plants in vitro has been studied in cultivated Cucumis sativus L. and in the wild species C. zeyheri 2 x Sond. and C. metuliferus Naud. On MS medium containing 3.5% sucrose, 0.1 mg 1−1 kinetin (Kn) and 0.01 mg 1−1 indoleacetic acid (IAA), proembryos (0.03–0.05 mm) and early globular embryos(More)
To monitor seed potatoes for potato virus X, Y and PLRV, a multiplex microsphere immunoassay (MIA) was developed based on the Luminex xMAP technology, as an alternative to ELISA. The xMAP technology allowed detection of a number of antigens simultaneously whereas ELISA only allowed simplex detection of antigens. The use of paramagnetic beads in the MIA(More)
Megasporogenesis, megagametogenesis and seed formation were analyzed cytologically in populations of Arabis holboellii originating from North America (Colorado) and Greenland. The Colorado population contained only triploid plants, while the Greenland population consisted of diploid and triploid plants. The penetrance of the apomictic trait was assessed at(More)
ABSTRACT The physiology and virulence of Ralstonia solanacearum biovar 2 strain 1609, kept in water at 4 and 20 degrees C, were studied. At 20 degrees C, total cell and plate count (colony forming units; CFU) numbers were similar, between log 5.03 and log 5.55 CFU, and log 5.03 and log 5.51 cells per ml, at days 0 and 132, respectively. However, CFU in the(More)
Suspension cultures were initiated from leaf explant-derived callus of cucumber,Cucumis sativus cv. Hokus, and maintained under two different conditions; (I) continuously in medium with 5 μM 2,4-D + 5 μM BA, and (II) alternately three cultures in medium containing 5 μM NAA + 5 μM BA and one culture in 5 μM 2,4-D + 5 μM BA. After plating on solid medium with(More)
Embryo-rescue was studied as a means to overcome post-fertilization barriers in interspecific crosses in the genus Tulipa. With compatible T. gesneriana L. cultivar crosses, ovule culture was found to be superior to isolated embryo culture. Complete plantlet formation was possible from an embryo size of about 0.5 mm onwards. In the interspecific cross T.(More)
An enrichment microsphere immunoassay (MIA) was developed, based on the Luminex xMAP® technology, for the simultaneous (duplex) detection of Pectobacterium atrosepticum (former name Erwinia carotovora subsp. atroseptica) (Pca) and Dickeya dianthicola (former name Erwinia chrysanthemi) (Dcd) in potato plant extracts. Target bacteria in the extracts were(More)
BACKGROUND Xanthomonas campestris pv. campestris (Xcc) is a seed-transmitted plant pathogenic bacterium that causes black rot of crucifers. Seed lots and plants are screened for contamination with this pathogen using plating or serological assays. These methods, however, are time consuming and not very sensitive, respectively. Therefore, flow cytometry(More)