Cryopreservation of Pineapple Shoot Tips by the Droplet Vitrification Technique

  • Fernanda Vidigal Duarte SouzaEmail author
  • Everton Hilo de Souza
  • Ergun Kaya
  • Lívia de Jesus Vieira
  • Ronilze Leite da Silva
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1815)


Cryopreservation is a technique that allows the conservation of many species for long periods. Among the protocols used for cryopreservation, droplet vitrification has shown efficient results in preserving shoot tips of various wild and cultivated pineapple genotypes. The method consists of extraction of shoot tips from plants grown in vitro, dehydration for a period of 48 h in a preculture medium supplemented with a high concentration of sucrose, treatment in a plant vitrification solution (PVS2), and immersion in liquid nitrogen. The method described in this chapter has produced survival and regeneration indices of around 70%, depending on the genotype and physiological conditions of the initial explants. The objective of this chapter is to describe in detail a droplet vitrification protocol for shoot tips that is easy to perform for cryopreservation of pineapple germplasm.

Key words

Ananas comosus Conservation Plant vitrification solution 



The authors acknowledge Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado da Bahia (FAPESB), Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq), Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES)/EMBRAPA program, and Embrapa Mandioca e Fruticultura for financial support and Helder Lima Carvalho, technician of the Laboratório de Cultura de Tecido de Plantas, for his valuable collaboration in preparing this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fernanda Vidigal Duarte Souza
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Everton Hilo de Souza
    • 2
    • 3
  • Ergun Kaya
    • 4
  • Lívia de Jesus Vieira
    • 3
  • Ronilze Leite da Silva
    • 5
  1. 1.Embrapa Cassava and FruitsCruz das AlmasBrazil
  2. 2.Federal University of Recôncavo da Bahia (UFRB)Cruz das AlmasBrazil
  3. 3.Scholarship of Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES) at CAPES-EMBRAPA Program in Embrapa Cassava and Fruits (CNPMF)Cruz das AlmasBrazil
  4. 4.Department of Molecular Biology and GeneticsFaculty of Science Mugla Sitki Kocman University KotekiMuglaTurkey
  5. 5.State University of Feira de Santana (UEFS)Feira de SantanaBrazil

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