New Developments in Plant Tissue Culture and Plant Regeneration
Increased interest and progress have been widespread in the field of plant tissue culture in recent years. Although much of this effort preceded recent excitement about “genetic engineering,” this field has been significantly stimulated by the broad interest in new biotechnology. This presentation could be devoted to anyone of at least five areas of tissue culture and plant regeneration. It could, for example be devoted to plants which produce secondary products. These are of interest because they are the source of valuable chemicals, often important in medicine. It might also be a discussion focused on recent studies in model systems like tobacco, carrot, petunia, and a few other plant species in which much fundamental information has been generated over the years in plant tissue culture. Thirdly, it could be focused on crop plants. Increased efforts to develop cell and tissue culture systems to manipulate valuable agricultural crops have coincided with the increased interest in new biotechnology in general. A fourth area could focus on plants which have relatively well developed genetic systems. Some obvious candidates include: corn, tomato, barley, wheat and a few others. Lastly, a fifth possibility could be the horticulture/floriculture industry where tissue culture and plant regeneration have become commercially valuable tools for plant propagation, disease control, and germplasm preservation.
KeywordsSomatic Embryo Somatic Embryogenesis Plant Regeneration Plant Tissue Culture Immature Embryo
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