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Alteration of plant meristem function by manipulation of the Retinoblastoma-like plant RRB gene

United States Patent

January 16, 2007
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This invention provides methods and compositions for altering the growth, organization, and differentiation of plant tissues. The invention is based on the discovery that, in plants, genetically altering the levels of Retinoblastoma-related gene (RRB) activity produces dramatic effects on the growth, proliferation, organization, and differentiation of plant meristem.
Durfee; Tim (Madison, WI), Feiler; Heidi (Albany, CA), Gruissem; Wilhelm (Forch, CH), Jenkins; Susan (Martinez, CA), Roe; Judith (Manhattan, KS), Zambryski; Patricia (Berkeley, CA)
The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy (Washington, DC), N/A (
10/ 748,912
December 11, 2003
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Grant No. MCB9506985, between the National Science Foundation and the University of California, and Grant No. DE-FG03-88ER13882 between the U.S. Dept. of Energy and the University of California.