A Bioluminescent Agrobacterium tumefaciens for Imaging Bacterial Metabolic Activity in Planta.
Jutras PV., Dodds I., van der Hoorn RAL.
Bioluminescence enables the monitoring of spatiotemporal dynamics and activity of bacterial populations in planta. We here describe a procedure to use AgroLux, a bioluminescent Agrobacterium tumefaciens, as a tool to study bacterial responses upon agroinfiltration. The first method details how to transform bioluminescent AgroLux to carry binary plasmids of interests. Then, a simple agroinfiltration assay for in planta imaging of bioluminescence signals is presented. AgroLux assays will increase our understanding of plant-Agrobacterium interactions and plant immunity and improve molecular farming.