Tissue Culture Propagation of Temperate Fruit Trees

  • Christopher P. Wilkins
  • John H. Dodds


Since very early times, man has cultivated those species of fruit and nut trees indigenous to the temperate zone latitudes. Archaeological excavations have indicated that the apple was known to man in the Stone Age (Zagaja, 1970), whilst written records exist from 1100 BC detailing the culture of certain oriental pear species (Westwood, 1978). The ancient Greeks and Romans described several varieties of apples, plums, grapes and cherries, and were conversant with methods of propagation by both budding and grafting (Sekowski, 1956; Zielinski, 1955). Similarly, peaches and apricots were domesticated first in China where their cultivation was known from at least 2000 BC (Sekowski, 1956).


Fruit Tree Shoot Apex Shoot Culture Apple Rootstock Sweet Cherry Cultivar 
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