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Tissue Culture & Transformation

We provide a valuable support service to the research groups in The Sainsbury Laboratory. We generate large numbers of transgenic plants in a wide variety of species and cultivars for both model plants and crops and are active in researching new techniques for the generation of previously un-transformed plants species and cultivars.  We maintain germplasm collections, mostly for Solanum spp. and maintain and generate other research tools such as plant cell suspension cultures.

We also ensure provision of media, washed and sterilised laboratory consumables and processed seed.

Latest Publications

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Boschi F, Schvartzman C, Murchio S, Ferreira V, Siri MI, Galván GA, Smoker M, Stransfeld L, Zipfel C, Vilaró FL, Dalla-Rizza M (2017)

Enhanced Bacterial Wilt Resistance in Potato Through Expression of Arabidopsis EFR and Introgression of Quantitative Resistance from Solanum commersonii. Front. Plant Sci., 25 September 2017 | https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2017.01642

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Pfeilmeier S, George J, Morel A, Roy S, Smoker M, Stransfeld L, Downie A, Peeters N, Malone J, Zipfel C (2017)

Heterologous expression of the immune receptor EFR in Medicago truncatula reduces pathogenic infection, but not rhizobial symbiosis. bioRxiv preprint Aug 2, 2017 doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/171868

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Hegenauer V, Fürst U, Kaiser B, Smoker M, Zipfel C, Felix G, Stahl M, Albert M (2016)

Detection of the plant parasite Cuscuta reflexa by a tomato cell surface receptor. Science Vol. 353, Issue 6298, pp. 478-481 doi: 10.1126/science.aaf3919

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Ilyas M, Hörger AC, Bozkurt TO, van den Burg HA, Kaschani F, Kaiser M, Belhaj K, Smoker M, Joosten MH, Kamoun S, van der Hoorn RA (2015)

Functional Divergence of Two Secreted Immune Proteases of Tomato. Current Biology 25: 2300–2306.

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