Indian Journal of Plant Physiology

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 169–178 | Cite as

An improvised shoot amplification and ex vitro rooting method for offsite propagation of Tinospora cordifolia (Willd.) Miers: a multi-valued medicinal climber

  • Deepak Panwar
  • Ashok Kumar Patel
  • Narpat S. Shekhawat
Original Article


Tinospora cordifolia (Willd.) Miers, is an important medicinal climber of family Menispermaceae. This plant is principally known for its medicinal properties in Ayurvedic system of medicines. Poor seed setting coupled with low seed germination limit its natural propagation through seeds. This paper reports an improvised micropropagation system of T. cordifolia using nodal explants. The maximum numbers of axillary shoots (3.8 ± 0.63) were differentiated on MS medium containing 6-benzylaminopurine (BAP; 2.0 mg l−1). The numbers of shoots were further amplified using repetitive transfer of original explants and through subculturing techniques. The greatest numbers of shoots (15.3 ± 1.05) of an average length (5.5 ± 0.84 cm) were achieved on 0.8% agar-gelled Modified MS medium supplemented with 0.5 mg l−1 each of BAP and kinetin, and IAA (0.1 mg l−1) in screw-cap culture bottles, within 5–6 weeks. In rooting experiments, we developed a concurrent ex vitro rooting and acclimatization (CEVRA) method for the first time in T. cordifolia. About 87.6% of the micropropagated shoots rooted ex vitro on pulse-treatment with indole-3-butyric acid (200 mg l−1) for 3 min. More than 80% of the concurrently ex vitro rooted and acclimatized plantlets were successfully hardened in a greenhouse and transplanted to the soil. The discussed micropropagation system can be used for the large-scale offsite propagation of this medicinally important perennial climber, T. cordifolia.


Tinospora cordifolia Concurrent ex vitro rooting and acclimatization (CEVRA) Micropropagation Menispermaceae Modified MS medium 





Concurrent ex vitro rooting and acclimatization


Indole-3-acetic acid


Indole-3-butyric acid




Murashige and Skoog (1962)


α-naphthaleneacetic acid


Photon flux density


Plant growth regulators


Relative humidity



DP and NSS are thankful to the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India for providing funds for establishing laboratory and greenhouse infrastructure used for the present research. AKP is grateful to the University Grant Commission (UGC), Government of India for providing the Special Assistance Program (SAP) in the form of Centre of Advanced Study (CAS) to the Department of Botany, Jai Narain Vyas University, Jodhpur.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Deepak Panwar
    • 1
  • Ashok Kumar Patel
    • 1
  • Narpat S. Shekhawat
    • 1
  1. 1.Biotechnology Unit, Department of Botany, UGC – Centre of Advanced Study (CAS)Jai Narain Vyas UniversityJodhpurIndia

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