Somatic Embryogenesis in Woody Plants

Volume 5

  • S. Mohan Jain
  • Pramod K. Gupta
  • Ronald J. Newton

Part of the Forestry Sciences book series (FOSC, volume 59)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Section A

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. M. P. Watt, F. C. Blakeway, R. Termignoni, S. M. Jain
      Pages 63-78
    3. A. C. Augustine, L. D’Souza
      Pages 79-94
    4. J. M. Torné, I. Claparols, L. Moysset, E. Simón, M. Santos
      Pages 113-128
    5. H. E. Darrow, D. J. Burritt, P. Bannister
      Pages 135-147
    6. M. C. Pedroso, M. S. Pais
      Pages 163-178
  3. Section B

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Witjaksono, R. E. Litz, F. Pliego-Alfaro
      Pages 197-214
    3. Ph. Druart
      Pages 215-235
  4. Section C

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 237-237
    2. M. Berthouly, H. Etienne
      Pages 259-287
  5. Section D

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 289-289
    2. S. C. Minocha, R. Minocha
      Pages 291-312
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 331-339

About this book


The quality of human life has been maintained and enhanced for generations by the use of trees and their products. In recent years, ever rising human population growth has put a tremendous pressure on trees and tree products; growing awareness of the potential of previously unexploited tree resources; and environmental pollution have both accelerated the development of new technologies for tree propagation, breeding and improvement. Biotechnology of trees may be the answer to solve the problems which can not be solved by conventional breeding methods. The combination of biotechnology and conventional methods such as plant propagation and breeding could become a novel approach to improving and multiplying a large number of the trees and woody plants. So far, plant tissue culture technology has largely been exploited by commercial companies in propagation of ornamentals, especially foliage house plants. Generally, tissue culture of woody plants has been recalcitrant. However, limited success has been achieved in tissue culture of angiosperm and gymnosperm woody plants. A number of recent reports on somatic embryogenesis in woody plants such as Norway spruce (Picea abies), Loblolly pine (Pinus taeda), Sandalwood (Santalum album), Citrus and mango (Mangifera indica), offer a ray of hope for inexpensive clonal propagation for large-scale production of plants or 'emblings' or somatic seedlings; protoplast work; cryopreservation; genetic transformation; and synthetic or artificial or manufactured seed production.


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Editors and affiliations

  • S. Mohan Jain
    • 1
  • Pramod K. Gupta
    • 2
  • Ronald J. Newton
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Plant ProductionUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.Weyerhaeuser Inc.TacomaUSA
  3. 3.Department of BiologyEast Carolina University GreenvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-6006-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-4774-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-5480
  • Series Online ISSN 1875-1334
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