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Services and Pricing

At the Cornell University Plant Transformation Facility (PTF), we offer three basic types of services—plant transformation, consulting, and user access to some of our instruments. See below for more information about these services and pricing.

Plant Transformation Services

We currently transform rice, maize, wheat, and apple using Agrobacterium tumefaciens. In all cases we provide a minimum of 5 independent transgenic events, but any additional events achieved will also be provided to the user at no additional charge. We ship fully regenerated and rooted T0 plants (plantlets) in tissue culture for the user to transplant to soil. If plantlets are not an option for you, please contact the facility director to discuss whether we can accommodate your needs.

To discuss the possibility of PTF transforming a crop or genotype other than those listed here, please contact the facility director.



Method and explant

Number of events

Form of delivery

Internal rate

External rate

Rice (Oryza sativa ssp. japonica) Nipponbare Agrobacterium, immature seed 5 Rooted plantlets $1,080 $1,675
Kitaake Agrobacterium, immature seed 5 Rooted plantlets $1,080 $1,675
Rice (Oryza sativa ssp. indica) IR64 Agrobacterium, immature embryo 5 Rooted plantlets $1,985 $3,200
Maize (Zea mays) B104 Agrobacterium, immature embryo 5 Rooted plantlets $2,615 $4,055
Wheat (Triticum aestivum) Fielder Agrobacterium, immature embryo 5 Rooted plantlets $1,145 $1,775
Apple (Malus pumila) M.26 Agrobacterium, young leaves 5 Rooted plantlets $3,010 $4,670

Other Services

PTF also offers consulting services and user access to specific PTF instruments. Our consulting services include 1) general consulting, such as with construct and experiment design or how to perform CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing, 2) transformation of a new crop or genotype, and 3) method development. For instrument access, all work must be scheduled and approved in advance and performed in the facility during normal business hours. We provide training on and all necessary supplies for using the gene guns. 



Internal rate

External rate


General consulting Per hour $80 $124
Transformation of a new crop or genotype Per hour $80 $124
Method development Per hour $80 $124

User access to PTF instruments

Gene guns (PDS-1000/He System stationary gene gun or Helios Gene Gun, variable pressure) Per bombardment $20 $31

Printable version of all rates

Contact Us

To initiate a service request, learn more about how PTF may contribute to your research program, request a letter of support for a grant proposal, or propose a collaboration, contact:

Matthew R. Willmann, Ph.D.
Director, Plant Transformation Facility
B18 Weill Hall