Sylvia Broeders

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S. Broeders*, I. Huber, L. Grohmann, G. Berben, I. Taverniers, M. Mazzara, N. Roosens and D. Morisset Scientific Institute of Public Health (WIV-ISP), J. Wytsmanstraat 14, 1050 Brussels, Belgium (Tel.: D32 2 6425425; fax: D32 2 6425292; e-mails:; nancy.roosens@ Bavarian Health and Food Safety Authority (LGL),(More)
The insecticidal activity of the leaf (ASAL) and bulb (ASAII) agglutinins from Allium sativum L. (garlic) against the cotton leafworm, Spodoptera littoralis Boisd. (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) was studied using transgenic tobacco plants expressing the lectins under the control of the constitutive CaMV35S promoter. PCR analysis confirmed that the garlic lectin(More)
Cereal seed development depends on the intimate interaction of filial and maternal tissues, ensuring nourishment of the new generation. The gene jekyll, which was identified in barley (Hordeum vulgare), is preferentially expressed in the nurse tissues. JEKYLL shares partial similarity with the scorpion Cn4 toxin and is toxic when ectopically expressed in(More)
Barley transformation mediated by Agrobacterium tumefaciens is routinely performed in a number of laboratories. However, elimination of selectable marker genes and formation of plants homozygous for the transgene via conventional segregation is laborious and time-consuming. Here we suggest a concept that includes the production of primary transgenic plants(More)
Following the production of transgenic plants, the selectable marker gene(s) used in the process are redundant, and their retention may be undesirable. They can be removed by exploiting segregation among the progeny of co-transformants carrying both the selectable marker gene and the effector transgene. Here we show that the doubled haploid technology(More)
The quantification of GMOs by real-time PCR relies on an external calibrant. In this paper the suitability of two DNA calibrants, genomic DNA from plant leaves and plasmidic DNA, was investigated. The PCR efficiencies, the correlation coefficients of the calibration curves, and the ratios between PCR efficiencies of transgenic and endogenous sequences were(More)
BACKGROUND To check for correlation between the insecticidal properties and the specificity of lectins, a comparative study was made of the insecticidal activities of two garlic lectins with different biological activities. RESULTS The insecticidal activity of the garlic (Allium sativum L.) leaf lectin ASAL and bulb lectin ASAII towards the tobacco aphid(More)
Small RAC/ROP-family G proteins regulate development and stress responses in plants. Transient overexpression and RNA interference experiments suggested that the barley (Hordeum vulgare) RAC/ROP protein RACB is involved in susceptibility to the powdery mildew fungus Blumeria graminis f. sp. hordei. We created transgenic barley plants expressing the(More)
Barley represents one of the economicallymost important and most widely distributed crops worldwide, and genetic engineering is expected to play a crucial role in its further improvement. Once transgenic plants are obtained, the selectable marker gene is not any more necessary or even unwanted. Here we present a fast and efficient method to produce(More)
This paper is part of a set of three papers investigating metrological traceability of the quantification of DNA fragments as, for instance, used for quantification of genetic modifications. This paper evaluates the possible impact of several factors on results of real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) measurements. It was found that the particle size of(More)