Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 89–94 | Cite as

In vitro corm production in the saffron crocus (Crocus sativus L.)

  • Ora Plessner
  • Meira Ziv
  • Moshe Negbi


Means to increase the reproductive capacity of Crocus sativus L., in vitro, are described. Cytokinins and auxin were found to be essential for development of bud explants. Ethylene and ethaphon pretreatments inhibited leaf development but induced corm production. Microsurgery of the apical bud combined with ethylene pretreatment increased both sprouting and corm production.

Key words

apical dominance auxin bud explant ethaphon ethylene kinetin zeatin 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ora Plessner
    • 1
  • Meira Ziv
    • 1
    • 2
  • Moshe Negbi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural BotanyThe Hebrew University of JerusalemRehovotIsrael
  2. 2.Otto Warburg Centre for Biotechnology in Agriculture, Faculty of AgricultureThe Hebrew University of JerusalemRehovotIsrael

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