Gauging the influence of in vitro conditions on in vivo quality and performance of woody plants

  • M. A. L. Smith
  • M. T. McClelland
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The tremendous diversity in techniques, timing, and facilities used to produce woody plant microcuttings for the nursery industry can result in substantial differences in the quality and performance of the same clones, depending on the producer. Evidence suggests that relatively minor procedural discrepancies that occur during the in vitro production stages as a consequence of these different production methods can determine the survival and acceptability of the plants during subsequent production. This review tracks the influence of methodologic variables during microshoot proliferation and rooting on quality of the plant, and examines the continuing repercussions for plant performance in the ex vitro environment.

Key words

acclimatization image analysis microenvironment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. A. L. Smith
    • 1
  • M. T. McClelland
    • 1
  1. 1.Plant Sciences Laboratory, Department of HorticultureUniversity of IllinoisUrbana

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