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Teamwork in phytoremediation

Genetically modified (GM) bacteria improve the degradation of toluene in plants.

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Figure 1: Conjugal transfer of plasmid pTOM, encoding toluene-degradation genes, from the nonendophytic soil bacterium Burkholderia cepacia G4 to the endophyte B. cepacia BU0072 to form the toluene-degradative endophytic strain B. cepacia 1330, and subsequent testing of the two original strains and the transconjugant for the ability to degrade toluene in conjunction with the plant yellow lupine.

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Glick, B. Teamwork in phytoremediation. Nat Biotechnol 22, 526–527 (2004).

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