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Agrobacterium 2.0: upgrading nature's genetic engineer

Agrobacterium tumefaciens is a bacterium that reprograms plants by transferring foreign DNA into plant cells. This natural phenomenon has been repurposed for biotechnology, and Agrobacterium-mediated transfection is now the most widely-used method for genetically manipulating plants. It is central to industrial-scale production of plant-made antibodies and vaccines, and to fundamental molecular biology research.Despite its importance, relatively little effort has been put into modifying and optimising the bacterium itself. This project aims to engineer Agrobacterium tumefaciens to further boost the production …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty of Science
School of Biology and Environmental Science
Research centre(s)
Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy

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