Plant Biotechnology and Foxglove

  • Mohamed Ramadan Rady


The genus Digitalis, commonly known as the “foxglove,” is one of the most important medicinal plants belonging to the family of the Plantaginaceae. Digitalis ssp. is used exclusively for the isolation of individual cardiac glycosides, principally digoxin and lanatoside C. Cardenolides from Digitalis are well known and frequently used as pharmaceuticals for the treatment of heart disorders. An overview of recent studies which have been used using various approaches of plant tissue, organ culture, regeneration, cryopreservation, and transformation of Digitalis ssp. is presented. This chapter summarizes the recent research work of various in vitro culture of Digitalis ssp. through abiotic, biotic elicitors, and precursor feeding applied to Digitalis cultural system and their stimulating effects on the accumulation of cardenolides.


Digitalis ssp. Biosynthesis Cell and callus culture Regeneration Cryopreservation Transformation Hairy root cultures Elicitation Cardenolides 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mohamed Ramadan Rady
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  1. 1.Department of Plant BiotechnologyNational Research CentreGizaEgypt

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