Multiple Regeneration Pathways via Thin Cell Layers in Hybrid Cymbidium (Orchidaceae)

  • Jaime A. Teixeira da SilvaEmail author
  • Michio Tanaka


Protocorm-like body (PLB) and subsequent shoot development in hybrid Cymbidium Twilight Moon ‘Day Light’ can be established in vitro via 3 pathways: PLBs, PLB thin cell layers (TCLs), or embryogenic callus (EC). Traditionally Cymbidium hybrids are mass-produced commercially through the neo-formation of secondary PLBs (2° PLB) from initial or primary PLBs (1° PLB) or PLB segments, or from PLB TCLs, resulting in a moderate number of 2° PLBs (average 4.46 2° PLBs/1° bisected PLB, or 1.12 2° PLBs/ PLB TCL). This study shows that EC can be induced from 1° PLBs or PLB TCLs. Thereafter, resulting 2° PLBs (average 22.1 2° PLBs/EC cluster derived from 1° PLB) form directly from the EC on the same medium or following the transfer of EC onto PGR-free medium. By flow cytometry and PCR-RAPD analysis, the cytogenetic stability of 1° PLBs, of resulting 2° PLBs and EC, and plants derived therefrom was demonstrated.


Callogenesis Caulogenesis Flow cytometry RAPD Vitron® 



The authors are grateful to the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) for financial support to J.A.TdS., and to Prof. Seiichi Fukai for assistance with SEM. The revision services at are acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Horticultural Science, Faculty of AgricultureKagawa UniversityMiki-choJapan

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