The Production and Utilization of Microspore-Derived Haploids in Brassica Crops

  • W. A. Keller
  • K. C. Armstrong
  • A. I. de la Roche
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 22)


The large scale availability of haploids could offer plant breeders specific advantages for developing new crop cultivars (1). Although haploids may be obtained through a number of techniques, a great deal of attention is being given to anther culture as a universal method of haploid production. Under appropriate conditions, the microspores within the anthers of some species can be induced to undergo embryogenesis resulting in the development of differentiated embryos which resemble zygotic seed embryos and from which plants may be regenerated. Haploids have been obtained from anther cultures in a number of crop species (2), but in many instances their yield and reliability of production have not been satisfactory to permit application to breeding programs.


Erucic Acid Anther Culture Donor Plant Microspore Embryogenesis Erucic Acid Content 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. A. Keller
    • 1
  • K. C. Armstrong
    • 1
  • A. I. de la Roche
    • 1
  1. 1.Ottawa Research StationAgriculture CanadaOttawaCanada

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