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Mol Ecol. 1995 Dec;4(6):755-63.

Site directed chromosomal marking of a fluorescent pseudomonad isolated from the phytosphere of sugar beet; stability and potential for marker gene transfer.

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Natural Environment Research Council, Institute of Virology and Environmental Microbiology, Oxford, UK.


A plasmid-free, non-pathogenic, ribosomal RNA group 1 fluorescent pseudomonad, Pseudomonas fluorescens SBW25, was selected from the microflora of sugar beet (Beta vulgaris) and modified to contain constitutively expressed marker genes. By site directed homologous recombination a KX cassette [kanamycin resistance (kanr) and catechol 2,3 dioxygenase (xylE)] and a ZY cassette [lactose utilization (lacZY, beta-galactosidase, lactose permease)] were introduced at least 1 Mbp apart on the 6.6 Mbp bacterial chromosome. Separate sites were selected to provide sensitive detection methods and allow assessments of marker gene stability of the genetically modified micro-organism (GMM), SBW25EeZY6KX, when it colonized the leaves and roots of sugar beet plants following seed inoculation.

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