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The use of charcoal in in vitro culture – A review

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Activated charcoal is commonly used in tissue culture media. Its addition to culture medium may promote or inhibit in vitro growth, depending on species and tissues used. The effects of activated charcoal may be attributed to establishing a darkened environment; adsorption of undesirable/inhibitory substances; adsorption of growth regulators and other organic compounds, or the release of growth promoting substances present in or adsorbed by activated charcoal.

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Pan, M., Staden, J.v. The use of charcoal in in vitro culture – A review. Plant Growth Regulation 26, 155–163 (1998). https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1006119015972

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  • activated charcoal
  • growth regulators
  • tissue culture