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Carbendazim as an alternative plant growth regulator in tissue culture systems


Carbendazim is the fungitoxic ingredient of different fungicides. In our experiments it was used as a supplement to stage II (multiplication) media for the micropropagation ofCordyline terminalis andPrunus avium. The product can be autoclaved without any loss of activity and there is no degradation of the product over a normal culture period of 32 days. WithC. terminalis andP. avium no phytotoxic effect was revealed up to 160µg/ml. ForC. terminalis shoot height was reduced and the number of shoots smaller than 15 mm increased significantly.

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Presented in the Session-in-Depth Novel Plant Growth Regulators at the 1992 World Congress on Cell and Tissue Culture, Washington, DC, June 20–25, 1992.

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Debergh, P.C., de Coster, G. & Steurbaut, W. Carbendazim as an alternative plant growth regulator in tissue culture systems. In Vitro Cell Dev Biol - Plant 29, 89–91 (1993).

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Key words

  • novel PGRs
  • Derosal L500 (BASF)
  • shoot multiplication
  • stage II cultures
  • fungitoxic chemicals
  • Cordyline terminalis
  • Prunus avium