Agrobacterium tumefaciens HomepageAgrobacterium tumefaciens is a ubiquitous soil borne pathogen responsible for Crown Gall disease (right), affecting many higher species of plant. The pathogen is a problem for agriculture all over the world. DNA transfer from Agrobacterium tumefaciens to eukaryotic cells is the only known example of interkingdom DNA transfer (Dumaset al., (2001). It is therefore unsuprising that Agrobacterium has evolved its own unique and specialised system to accomplish this task, which is of great interest to plant scientists. The information contained in this website will explore the history and all that we know about this remarkable micro-organism.
This website aims to give an insight into the bacterium, with information about the research that has been carried out in the past, and how the knowledge we have gained can be applied to help alleviate problems facing food production around the world. Other potential uses of the technology are also reviewed, such as using our knowledge of Agrobacterium to produce a biocontrol agent and producing effective transformation vectors such as the pGreen binary vector. This website also includes a comprehensive list of references for anyone wishing to read further into any aspect of the research surrounding the bacterium.