In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology - Plant

, Volume 54, Issue 6, pp 590–599 | Cite as

Droplet-vitrification cryopreservation of in vitro-grown shoot tips of grapevine (Vitis spp.)

  • Wen-Lu Bi
  • Xin-Yi Hao
  • Zhen-Hua Cui
  • Gayle M. Volk
  • Qiao-Chun WangEmail author


An efficient and broad-spectrum protocol for cryopreservation of Vitis spp. shoot tips by droplet-vitrification is reported. Shoot tips (1.0 mm) containing 5–6 leaf primordia (LPs) were precultured for 3 d with a preculture medium containing 0.3 M sucrose, 0.16 μM glutathione, and 0.14 μM ascorbic acid. Precultured shoot tips were treated for 20 min at 24°C with a loading solution composed of 2 M glycerol and 0.4 M sucrose, followed by exposure at 0°C to half-strength plant vitrification solution 2 (PVS2) for 30 min, and then full-strength PVS2 for 50 min. Dehydrated shoot tips were transferred into 2.5-μL PVS2 carried on aluminum foil, prior to a direct immersion in liquid nitrogen. With this method, an average shoot regrowth level of 50.5% was obtained from cryopreserved shoot tips in six V. vinifera genotypes (three wine cultivars, two table cultivars, and one rootstock) and two V. pseudoreticulata genotypes. Vegetative growth of the regenerants recovered from cryopreservation, significantly increased as the number of subculture cycles increased and was greater than the control after the third subculture following cryopreservation. Inter-simple sequence repeats (ISSR) and random amplification of polymorphic DNA (RAPD) analyses did not detect any polymorphic loci in the plants of V. vinifera L. cv. ‘Cabernet Sauvignon’ from cryopreserved shoot tips compared to the original cultures. This droplet-vitrification cryopreservation method provides a technical platform to set up cryobanks of Vitis spp.


Cryopreservation Genetic stability Shoot regrowth Shoot tips Vitis 


Authors’ contributions

W-L Bi and X-Y Hao: performance of experiments, data collection and analysis, and preparation of the manuscript; Z-H Cui: preparation of plant materials and assistance to data collection and analysis; GM Volk: valuable discussion and English editing; Q-C Wang: chief scientist, experimental design, financial support, and preparation of the manuscript.

Funding information

This work received financial support from State Forestry Administration of China (project no. 2013-4-41) and from Department of Science & Technology of Shaanxi Province of China (project no. 2013KTCL02-01).

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflicts of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Crop Stress Biology for Arid Areas, College of HorticultureNorthwest A&F UniversityYanglingPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Gosling Research Institute for Plant Preservation (GRIPP), Department of Plant AgricultureUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada
  3. 3.College of HorticultureQingdao Agriculture UniversityQingdaoPeople’s Republic of China
  4. 4.USDA-ARS National Laboratory for Genetic Resources PreservationFort CollinsUSA

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