Somatic Embryogenesis in Crocus sativus L.

  • Basar Sevindik
  • Yesim Yalcin Mendi
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1359)


Saffron (Crocus sativus L.) is one of the most important species in Crocus genus because of its effective usage. It is not only a very expensive spice, but it has also a big ornamental plant potential. Crocus species are propagated by corm and seed, and male sterility is the most important problem of this species. Hence, somatic embryogenesis can be regarded as a strategic tool for the multiplication of saffron plants. In this chapter, the production of saffron corms via somatic embryogenesis is described.

Key words

Crocus sativusOrnamental saffron Somatic embryogenesis Tissue culture 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Horticulture, Faculty of AgricultureUniversity of ÇukurovaAdanaTurkey

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