agroinfection


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agroinfection

[¦ag·rō‚in′fek·shən]
(agriculture)
A method of using the f-DNA of plasmids to infect plant cells with DNA from a plant virus.
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The procedure, called agroinfection, is the increasingly common laboratory technique used to transfer selected DNA into plants by adding that DNA to the DNA of Agrobacterium, then allowing the bacterium to "colonize" plants -- which it does by transferring part of its DNA (including the foreign, "third party" DNA) into the host plant's own genetic material.
The success with viral DNA -- whichwas used because, among other things, its effects are easily detectable -- demonstrates for the first time that agroinfection is an efficient way to induce foreign DNA expression in corn cells.
Sc ientists had generally thought thatmembers of the grass family were not amenable to agroinfection, which is considered an efficient way to induce foreign DNA expression in whole plants.