Take advantage  of Dr. Prof.  László  Márton’s 40 years of experience  

  • Consultation
  • Investment, project and grant proposal planning
  • On site advisement


ProfessionaL Areas where Dr. Prof.  Márton can provide help?

  • Molecular plant breeding
  • Selection of elite lines for special environmental chalanges
  • Plant micropropagation technologies
  • Laboratorium planning
  • Biomass plantations
  • Biomass processing
  • Soil, water and air remediation
  • Green wastewater treatment  projects
  • Environment friendly industrial solutions
  • CO2 zero programs
  • GMO advisement
  • Sustained living

Dr. Prof. László Márton  – Biologist, Plant Biotechnologist, Geneticist, professor of Biology.



MARTON, Laszlo


Principal Investigator


(if applicable)

Committee of Scientific Qualifications, Hungarian Acad. Sci. (Candidate in Biological Sciences)      C.B.S. 1990 Genetics
József Attila University, Szeged, Hungary Ph.D. 1976 Genetics
József Attila University, Szeged, Hungary M.S. 1973 Genetics
Ferenc Kiss Forestry Technical Highschool        1967 Foresrty


  1. Professional experience:

2004-Present, Director, Professional Science Masters Program, Univ. of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

1999-Present Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina, Columbia

1990-1999 Associate Professor, Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina, Columbia

1987-1990 Visiting Scientist, Institute of Biological Chemistry, Washington State University, Pullman

1983-1987 Section Head, Institute of Plant Physiology, BRC, Szeged, Hungary

1980-1981 Visiting Scientist, Department of Plant Pathology, University of California-Riverside

1977-1978 Visiting Scientist, Department of Biochemistry, University of Leiden, The Netherlands

1976-1982 Research Scientist, Institute of Plant Physiology, BRC, Szeged, Hungary

Significant accomplishments and contributions

PI has a PhD in genetics and 40 years of experience with in vitro culture and propagation as well as genetic manipulation of plants. The Investigator made the first transgenic plant from single plant cells by Agrobacterium tumefaciens and participated in the isolation of the first auxotrophic and chloroplast plant mutants obtained in cell culture. He worked on gene tagging system- based on the random insertion of Agrobacterium plasmid DNA sequences, mechanism of Agrobacterium-mediated gene transfer to plants, the first gene replacement attempts in higher plants in Szeged and at the Institute of Biological Chemistry (WSU, Pullman) where he worked as a visiting scientist .Since 1989 he has been at the University of South Carolina. He worked with further negative selection markers for plants and with gene silencing and epigenetic regulation of gene expression, identified a transformation related specific mutagenesis process in plants. He also discovered the “long T-DNA transfer”, conditions to introduce extremely long collinear DNA sequences into a locus. He developed in vitro embryogenic propagation protocols for Arabidopsis.

For the past 14 years the investigator worked on environmentally important grasses for phytoremediation and biomass purposes and developed transgenic salt marsh cordgrass that detoxified organic and inorganic mercury. Furthermore, he worked on efficient procedures for in vitro mass propagation of over seventy species of freshwater and salt marsh monocot species, including Arundo species which are to be used in this project. He worked on somaclonal selection in Arundo embryogenic cell cultures.

Current research activities include somaclonal selection, transgenic plants for mercury phytoremediation, wetland and large biomass yielding plants with specific xenobiotic/pollutant (TCE and trichlorophenol) degradation capacities and on plants that can serve as targets for genetic modification to enhance phytoremediation abilities, digestibility for cellulosic ethanol production, and fuel properties.

The investigator has worked in the field of phytoremediation research for the past twelve years and completed, as PI or Co-PI, several projects funded intra- and extramurally (sponsored by the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium, EPA, DOE, NIEHS and private enterprises).

Support: ACF LLC  from 2013 July 1. (Until the patents expire) Technology maintenance and development  research contract (180.000/Y)

Recently expired grant: ASPIRE-I Development of Virginia mallow to be a new multipurpose biomass crop (with M. Czako) 04/16/2012-08/15/2013 $15,000


Promary investigator and leader of several  funded extramural grant proposalpályázat   Funding agencies include : USDA, USA DoE, SC-HVM, USA EPA,  South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium, South Carolina Hazardous Waste ManagementFUND, US NIH/NIEHS, White Technology, USA,  and ACF Kft Hungary). In the field of plant molcular biology, genetic engineering, tissue culture, micropropagation, and environmental molecular biology. Plant physiology, photosynthesis  respiration plant protection. with model and biomass crop plant species.. (such as tobacco,, Arabidopsis thaliana, Miscanthus giganteus, Miscanthus spp.,Arundo donax)

Specialist in plant transformation mutant selection and molecilar breding, micropropagation  and molecular” Pharming” in Biomass crops.Phytoremediation   of waste water, soil and air pollution. (heavy metals, mercury  halogenated organics,  and planning of sustained living.. Planning and organization of micropropagation laboratories.