SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 13 - Researchers from Cereon Genomics and the
A. tumefaciens, which is capable of naturally transferring DNA to plant cells, "is one of the most important tools for plant biotechnology," Brad Goodner, research leader of the
"The availability of the genomic sequence can help to improve the process of producing new crop varieties through biotechnology," he added.
The DNA sequence, which includes two plasmids and two chromosomes, has been downloaded to the
Cereon Genomics, based in Cambridge, Mass., is a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Monsanto.