Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture

, Volume 87, Issue 1, pp 49–65 | Cite as

Developments in coffee biotechnology—in vitro plant propagation and crop improvement

  • Vinod Kumar
  • M. Madhava Naidu
  • G. A. RavishankarEmail author
Open Access
Original Paper


Coffee is an important plantation crop grown in about 80 countries across the globe. In recent years, coffee attained lot of attention in the biotechnology research area. Since last three decades, there has been a steady flow of information on coffee biotechnology and now it is entering into the genomic era. Major milestones in coffee biotech research are successful in vitro manipulation and multiplication of coffee, development of gene transfer protocols and generation of transgenic coffee plants with specific traits. The isolation of genes involved in caffeine biosynthetic pathway has opened up new avenues for generating caffeine free transgenic coffee. With the initiation of international coffee genomics initiatives, the genomic research in coffee is expected to reach new dimensions. The IPR issues may play crucial role in sharing of benefits during international collaborations in near future. This review focuses on the basic and applied aspects of coffee biotechnology for newer potentials.


Biotechnology Coffee Somatic embryos Tissue culture Micropropagation Caffeine pathway Transgenic 



Authors are thankful to Dr. V. Prakash, Director CFTRI, Mysore for his keen interest. VK is grateful to CSIR, New Delhi for the award of Research Fellowship. The authors are thankful to Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, for the financial assistance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vinod Kumar
    • 1
  • M. Madhava Naidu
    • 2
  • G. A. Ravishankar
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Plant Cell Biotechnology DepartmentCentral Food Technological Research InstituteMysoreIndia
  2. 2.Plantation Products, Spices & Flavor Technology DepartmentCentral Food Technological Research InstituteMysoreIndia

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