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J Appl Microbiol. 2002;92(1):118-26.

Detection of root mat associated Agrobacterium strains from plant material and other sample types by post-enrichment TaqMan PCR.

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  • 1Central Science Laboratory, DEFRA, York, UK. s.weller@csl.gov.uk

Abstract

AIMS:

The development of a fluorogenic, 5' nuclease, TaqMan PCR assay for the detection of Ri-plasmids from root mat inducing Agrobacterium biovar 1 strains.

METHODS AND RESULTS:

A TaqMan probe and primer set were designed within the T-DNA sequence of a known root mat inducing Agrobacterium strain. One hundred and ten Agrobacterium and closely related bacteria were tested using this novel PCR and compared with results from a conventional PCR which detects Ti and Ri-plasmids. The Agrobacterium selective media, Medium 1A was modified into broth form for use as an enrichment of the pathogen from samples prior to the TaqMan PCR.

CONCLUSIONS:

The root mat pathogen was detected successfully from a range of sample types using the enriched fluorogenic PCR assay, negating the need for complex DNA extraction procedures and post-PCR processing techniques such as gel electrophoresis. The technique is therefore a rapid and cost-effective detection method.

SIGNIFICANCE AND IMPACT OF THE STUDY:

This is the first known report of a fluorogenic, 5' nuclease, TaqMan assay designed to detect an Agrobacterium plant pathogen. The method can be used as a model system for the detection of other Agrobacterium pathogens.

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11849335
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