Essential Oil Production in Relation to Organogenesis in Tissue Cultures of Eucalyptus Citriodora Hook

  • P. K. Gupta
  • A. F. Mascarenhas
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 22)


Eucalyptus citriodora Hook is a fast growing forest tree valued for its wood, and its leaves contain an essential oil, the concentration of which varies in different trees. The concentration of the main components of the oil, citronellal and citronellol also vary in different trees. Citronellal is an important monoterpene aldehyde used in the synthesis of a number of high grade perfumery chemicals. Several reports are available on biosynthesis, biotransformation and, also, the production of secondary metabolites like alkaloids, steroids, glycosides, cardenolides, etc., using tissue cultures. Reports on the production and biosynthesis of monoterpenes by tissue culture are still rare (1 — 3). There are few reports on field data of clonally propagated mature trees.


Mature Tree Parent Tree Initial Inoculum Shoot Initiation Plant Plant 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. K. Gupta
    • 1
  • A. F. Mascarenhas
    • 1
  1. 1.Biochemistry DivisionNational Chemical LaboratoryPoonaIndia

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