Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture

, Volume 92, Issue 1, pp 107–111 | Cite as

Cryopreservation of shoot-tips by droplet vitrification applicable to all taro (Colocasia esculenta var. esculenta) accessions

  • Rajnesh SantEmail author
  • Bart Panis
  • Mary Taylor
  • Anand Tyagi
Research Note


The application of the droplet vitrification cryopreservation technique to taro accessions from a range of Asia Pacific countries is presented. The optimum protocol involves excision of about 0.8 mm shoot-tips from in vitro plants, 20–40 min PVS2 exposure at 0°C followed by rapid plunge into liquid nitrogen. Thawing was done at room temperature (25°C) and shoot-tips inoculated on MS medium with 0.1 M sucrose regenerated into plantlets 4–6 weeks later. This new droplet vitrification protocol improved the mean post-thaw regeneration rates to 73–100% from 21–30% obtained with the previous cryo-vial vitrification protocol.


Taro Cryopreservation Shoot-tips Droplet vitrification 



Funding for this research was provided by AusAID through the Taro Genetic Conservation and Utilization (TaroGen) project. The training on droplet vitrification technique provided by Dr Panis was funded by INIBAP and AusAID.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rajnesh Sant
    • 1
    Email author
  • Bart Panis
    • 2
  • Mary Taylor
    • 3
  • Anand Tyagi
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Life SciencesQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Laboratory of Tropical Crop Improvement, Division of Crop BiotechnicsK.U. LeuvenLeuvenBelgium
  3. 3.Secretariat of the Pacific CommunitySuvaFiji
  4. 4.Department of BiologyThe University of the South PacificSuvaFiji

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