Studies on Shoot Organ Cultures of Atropa Belladonna and Rauwolfia Serpentina

  • M. R. Heble
  • B. D. Benjamin
  • P. C. Roja
  • M. S. Chadha
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 22)


Studies concerning the regulatory aspects of secondary metabolism in plant tissue and cell cultures have shown that very few systems can produce the characteristic plant products in significant yields (1). Although it has now been possible to isolate high yielding competent cell lines from a heterogeneous cell population (2, 3), the stability of such selected lines is rather poor. Our studies with cultured tissues of Tylophora indica and Atropa belladonna have shown that the process of organogenesis and cellular differentiation, brought about during the developmental stages of plant growth, have profound influence on the expression of secondary metabolism (4, 5). These observations suggested that in vitro culture of isolated plant organs may prove advantageous for the production of secondary products. In this report we present our results concerning the shoot organ cultures of Atropa belladonna and Rauwolfia serpentina.


Plant Tissue Culture Plant Cell Culture Shoot Culture Indole Alkaloid Plant Shoot 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. R. Heble
    • 1
  • B. D. Benjamin
    • 1
  • P. C. Roja
    • 1
  • M. S. Chadha
    • 1
  1. 1.Bio-Organic DivisionBhabah Atomic Research CentreTrombay, BombayIndia

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