Currently gene editing relies primarily on Agrobacterium for delivery. We are “engineering the engineer” in order to develop new strains with improved properties for plant transformation.
Most Agrobacterium strains used in academic institutes have been around for decades. We want to bring in new insights and the newest techniques such as gene editing to optimize these strains for plant transformation. Laboratory strains with properties such as increased virulence, reduced plant tissue necrosis or transient-only T-DNA delivery are needed for improved gene editing in maize and other plant species.