Micropropagation of Spathoglottis plicata
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- Teng, WL., Nicholson, L. & Teng, MC. Plant Cell Reports (1997) 16: 831. doi:10.1007/s002990050329
A rapid and reliable micropropagation method was established for Spathoglottis plicata. Nodal and leaf explants dissected from 8-month-old pot-grown seedlings were cultured on charcoal-amended Murashige and Skoog medium supplemented with 16 combinations of α-naphthaleneacetic acid (NAA) and 6-benzylaminopurine (BA) at concentrations of 0.54–10.74 µm. Regeneration of protocorm-like bodies (PLBs) and subsequent plantlet development were observed from 98.5% of the nodal explants. Only 6.5% of leaf explants and occasionally some root segments (dissected from regenerated plantlets) were able to produce PLBs and then plantlets. The optimum plant growth regulator (PGR) combination for maximal PLB regeneration was 5.37 µm NAA and 0.44 µm BA. The best combination of PGR for plantlet development was 2.69–10.74 µm NAA and 8.88 µm BA. The NAA to BA ratios for maximal PLB induction and plantlet development were 12.2 and 0.3–1.2, respectively. Regenerated PLBs and plantlets, when cut into pieces of less than 1 mm and subcultured onto the above media, regenerated new PLBs and plantlets in another 3 months.