Considerations of Developmental Biology for the Plant Cell Geneticist

  • R. S. Chaleff
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 26)


Cultured plant cells offer many advantages for genetic manipulation of higher plants. But our efforts to select and characterize mutants in vitro remind us that cultured plant cells are not unicellular microorganisms, but components of highly complex developmental systems. First, many whole plant traits, especially agronomically important characteristics such as yield, are not expressed by cultured cells. Second, many novel phenotypes selected in cell culture are not expressed by regenerated plants. Epigenetic changes, the occurrence of developmentally regulated isozymes, and variation in the impact of selective conditions on plant cell growth and viability during development are considered as explanations for the failure of whole plants to manifest many phenotypic alterations that are expressed by cultured cells.


Regenerate Plant Callus Culture Culture Plant Cell Resistant Cell Line Chilling Injury 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. S. Chaleff
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Central Research & Development Experimental StationE.I. du Pont de Nemours and CompanyWilmingtonUSA

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