The Potential uses of Agrobacterium Rhizogenes in the Genetic Engineering of Higher Plants: Nature Got There First

  • David Tepfer
Part of the NATO Advanced Science Institutes Series book series (NSSA, volume 61)


The race has been on for some time to use genetic engineering, i.e. recombinant DNA technology, in a constructive, applied fashion. Although not a participant, I have enjoyed observing the original and often virtuostic exploits of the competitors. My own interest, in the meantime, has been to study with a minimum of manipulation, a natural parasexual genetic system, which I believe constitutes a precedent for the use of genetic engineering to introduce novel and potentially useful morphogenetic and physiological characters into plants.


Hairy Root Adventitious Root Root Culture Primary Inoculation Carrot Plant 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Tepfer
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  1. 1.Laboratoire de Biologie cellulaireI.N.R.A.VersaillesFrance

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