Enhanced NaCl Stress Tolerance in Transgenic Tobacco Expressing Bacterial Choline Dehydrogenase

@article{Lilius1996EnhancedNS,
  title={Enhanced NaCl Stress Tolerance in Transgenic Tobacco Expressing Bacterial Choline Dehydrogenase},
  author={G{\"o}sta Lilius and Niklas Holmberg and Leif B{\"u}low},
  journal={Bio/Technology},
  year={1996},
  volume={14},
  pages={177-180}
}
The intracellular accumulation of osmoprotectants, such as glycine betaine and other low molecular weight compounds, is a well investigated response of environmental stress occurring in a wide range of organisms. By introducing the bacterial bet A gene, encoding choline dehydrogenase (CDH), into tobacco both a salt and choline resistant phenotype was achieved. As measured by dried weights, there was an 80% increase in salt tolerance between the transgenic and wild-type plants at 300 mM NaCl.