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Plant Sci. 2001 Apr;160(5):869-875.

Arginine decarboxylase transgene expression and analysis of environmental stress tolerance in transgenic rice.

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Department of Botany, Bose Institute, 93/1 A.P.C. Road, 700 009, Calcutta, India


Arginine decarboxylase (ADC) cDNA from oat (Avena sativa L.) was introduced into rice (Oryza sativa L.) genome by an Agrobacterium-mediated transformation method. Expression of the ADC transgene under the control of an ABA-inducible promoter led to stress-induced upregulation of ADC activity and polyamine accumulation in transgenic rice plants. Second-generation (Rl) transgenic rice plants showed an increase in biomass under salinity-stress conditions, as compared to the non-transformed control plants.

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