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Development of maize plants from cultured shoot apices

  • Erin E. Irish
  • Timothy M. Nelson


Excised shoot apices of maize (Zea mays L.), comprising the apical meristem and one or two leaf primordia, have been cultured and can form rooted plantlets. The plantlets, derived from meristems that had previously formed 7–10 nodes, develop into mature, morphologically normal plants with as many nodes as seed-grown plants. These culture-derived plants exhibited the normal pattern of development, with regard to the progression of leaf lengths along the plant and position of axillary buds and aar shoots. Isolation of the meristem from previously formed nodes reinitiates the pattern and number of nodes formed in the new plant. Thus, cells of the meristem of a maize plant at the seedling stage are not determined to form a limited number of nodes.

Key words

Organ culture Shoot apex Zea (cultured shoot apex) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Erin E. Irish
    • 1
  • Timothy M. Nelson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiologyYale UniversityNew HavenUSA

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