Somatic Cell Genetics of Woody Plants

Proceedings of the IUFRO Working Party S2. 04–07 Somatic Cell Genetics, held in Grosshansdorf, Federal Republic of Germany, August 10–13, 1987

  • M. R. Ahuja

Part of the Forestry Sciences book series (FOSC, volume 30)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Somatic Embryogenesis

    1. M. R. Becwar, S. R. Wann, M. A. Johnson, S. A. Verhagen, R. P. Feirer, R. Nagmani
      Pages 1-18
    2. Chen Zhenghua, Yao Yuguang, Zhang Lihua
      Pages 19-28
    3. Chen Zhenghua, Li Wenbin, Zhang Lihua, Xu Xuen, Zhang Shijie
      Pages 39-44
    4. Lj. Radojević, N. Djordjević, M. Guć-Šćekić
      Pages 51-52
    5. Ljiljana Radojević, S. Stanković
      Pages 53-54
  3. Genetic Transformation

  4. Genetic Control of Morphogenesis

    1. M. R. Ahuja, D. Krusche, G. H. Melchior
      Pages 127-135
    2. D. S. Gunasekara, E. S. Scott, A. N. Rao
      Pages 137-141
    3. Grzegorz Kosinski, Amanda M. Gordon, Ian R. Brown
      Pages 143-145
    4. S. Venketeswaran, M. A. D. L. Dias, F. Sultanbawa, U. V. Weyers
      Pages 147-153
    5. J. M. Bonga, P. von Aderkas
      Pages 155-168
  5. In Vitro Screening, Somaclonal Selection, Testing and Deployment

About this book


Most forest tree species were considered recalcitrant a decade ago, but now with the improved in vitro techniques some progress has been made towards culture-of tree species. Micro­ propagation has been achieved from the juvenile tissues of a number of forest tree species. On the other hand, tissues from most mature trees are still very difficult to grow and differen­ tiate in vitro. Nevertheless, there has been slow but steady progress in the application of tissue culture technology for culture of tissues, organs, cells and protoplasts of tree species. As compared to most agricultural crops, and herbaceous plant species, trees are a different lot. They have long gene­ ration cycles. They are highly heterozygous and have a large reservoir of genetic variability. Because of this genetic variability, their response in vitro is also variable. On a single medium, the response of tissues from different trees (genotypes) of a single species may be quite different: some responding by induction of growth and differentiation, while others showing minimal or no growth at all. That makes the somatic cell genetics of woody plants somewhat difficult, but at the same time interesting.


Forestry Woody plant forest regeneration

Editors and affiliations

  • M. R. Ahuja
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Forest Genetics and Forest Tree BreedingFederal Research Centre for Forestry and Forest ProductsGrosshansdorfGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-7765-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-2811-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-5480
  • Series Online ISSN 1875-1334
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