CHLORELLA AND ITS VIRUSES AS AN EXPERIMENTAL PLANT SYSTEM

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$40,000.00
Award Year:
1987
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
5386
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Npi
417 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT, 84108
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
() -
Business Contact:
Donna Shattuck
Senior Research Scientist
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
THE PROPOSED RESEARCH IS DIRECTED TOWARD ACCESSING THE FEASIBILITY OF USING THE GREEN ALGAE CHLORELLA AND ITS INFECTION BY A NATURALLY OCCURRING VIRUS AS AN EXPERIMENTAL PLANT SYSTEM. THE VIRUS, PARAMECIUM BURSARIA CHLORELLA VIRUS-1, PBCV-1, WILL BE INVESTIGATED TO DETERMINE ITS POTENTIAL AS A MOLECULAR VEHICLE TO INTRODUCE FOREIGN DNA INTO PLANT CELLS. SPECIFICALLY, ANALYSIS OF VIRAL MUTANTS AND INTRODUCTION OF VIRAL GENES INTO CHLORELLA WILL BE EXAMINED IN AN EFFORT TO DEVELOP A GENE TRANSFER SYSTEM. SUCH A SYSTEM WILL BE UTILIZED TO STUDY THE REGULATION OF PLANT GENE EXPRESSION. IT WILL ALSO FACILITATE THE IDENTIFICATION AND MANIPULATION OF GENES OF INTEREST. THE DEVELOPMENT OF SUCH AN EXPERIMENTAL PLANT SYSTEM WILL EXPEDITE IDENTIFICATION OF GENES BY COMPLEMENTATION ANALYSIS. GENES FIRST IDENTIFIED IN THE RELATIVELY SIMPLE UNICELLULAR PLANT WILL FACILITATE THE IDENTIFICATION OF THE COGNATE GENES OF HIGHER PLANTS.

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