Agrobacterium: From Biology to Biotechnology

  • Tzvi Tzfira
  • Vitaly Citovsky

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiii
  2. Léon Otten, Thomas Burr, Ernö Szegedi
    Pages 1-46
  3. Lois M. Banta, Maywa Montenegro
    Pages 73-147
  4. Steven C. Slater, Brad W. Goodner, João C. Setubal, Barry S. Goldman, Derek W. Wood, Eugene W. Nester
    Pages 149-181
  5. Krishnamohan Atmakuri, Peter J. Christie
    Pages 315-364
  6. Benoît Lacroix, Michael Elbaum, Vitaly Citovsky, Tzvi Tzfira
    Pages 365-394
  7. Alicja Ziemienowicz, Tzvi Tzfira, Barbara Hohn
    Pages 395-440
  8. Monica T. Britton, Matthew A. Escobar, Abhaya M. Dandekar
    Pages 523-563
  9. Roni Aloni, Cornelia I. Ullrich
    Pages 565-591
  10. Catharine E. White, Stephen C. Winans
    Pages 593-622
  11. Nobukazu Tanaka
    Pages 623-647
  12. Jalal Soltani, G. Paul H. van Heusden, Paul J. J. Hooykaas
    Pages 649-675
  13. Kathrine H. Madsen, Peter Sandøe
    Pages 677-697
  14. Carol Nottenburg, Carolina Roa Rodríguez
    Pages 699-735
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 737-750

About this book


Agrobacterium is the only cellular organism on Earth that is naturally capable of transferring genetic material between the kingdoms of life, from prokaryotes to eukaryotes. Studies have uncovered a wealth of information on the process of Agrobacterium-mediated genetic transformation and on the bacterial and host cell factors involved in the infection. Agrobacterium has been shown to genetically transform, under laboratory conditions a large number of plant species and numerous non-plant organisms, indicating the truly basic nature of the transformation process. It is therefore not surprising that Agrobacterium and the genetic transformation itself have also become the focus of numerous ethical and legal debates.

‘Agrobacterium’ is a comprehensive book on Agrobacterium research, including its history, application, basic biology discoveries, and effects on human society. Although the book largely focuses on providing a detailed review of virtually all molecular events of the genetic transformation process, it also provides coverage of ethical and legal issues relevant to the use of Agrobacterium as a "genetic transformation machine". The result is an all-inclusive text which readers—including scientists and students involved in plant genetic engineering—will find useful as a reference source for all major aspects of the Agrobacterium-mediated genetic transformation of plant and non-plant organisms.

About the Editors:

Dr. Tzvi Tzfira is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Vitaly Citovsky is a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology at Stony Brook University.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Tzvi Tzfira
    • 1
  • Vitaly Citovsky
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental BiologyUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.Department of Biochemistry and Cell BiologyState University of New YorkStony BrookUSA

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