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Re: how does antibiotic effect plants?

Date: Mon Jan 6 06:04:37 2003
Posted By: Jeremy Cherfas, Staff, Public Awareness, IPGRI (International Plant Genetic Resources Institute)
Area of science: General Biology
ID: 1040670371.Gb

Dear Latoya

I'm really not sure I can answer you question because it is a very wide 

Antibiotics are active mostly against bacteria, and generally have no 
effect on green plants. But genetic engineers sometimes use genes that 
makes a plant resistant to antibiotics in order to find plants that have 
taken up the genes that the genetic engineer is interested in. In these 
cases, the antibiotics will kill the plant cells, but this is not the 
natural state of affairs.

This has nothing to do with steroids.

Sorry I can't be more help.

Jeremy Cherfas

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