Rapidin vitroproduction of true-to-type plants ofPogostemon heyneausthrough dedieferentiated axillary buds

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Rapid propagation of Pogostemon heyneanus Benth. (Lamiaceae) was accomplished through culture of node explants on Murashige and Skoog (MS) medium containing N6-benzyladenine (BA). Random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) and gas chromatographic (GC) analysis of in vitro-derived progenies were used to determine the true-to-type nature of in vitro-derived plantlets. At the optimum level of BA (2.22μM), the axillary buds underwent a degree of dedifferentiation to become small globular green masses from which a mean of 17.1 shoots were developed within 40d. Retaining the culture without subenlture enhanced the number of shoots (>30 shoots). Inereased callus proliferation was observed at higher concentrations of BA in concomitance with a reduction in number of shoots. However, prolonged culture without subculture (more than 60d) initiated 25-30 shoot buds from the callus. Culture of node segments excised from in vitro shoots on fresh medium with optimal BA (2.22μM) exhibited a similar response, but with an increase of shoots (mean of 26.3 shoots per node) within 40d. Subeulture of shoot clumps on half-strength MS basal medium resulted in elongation (more than 4cm) of most of the shoots along with the development of new shoots. Shoots developed were rooted most successfully on half-strength MS medium with 4.9 μM indole-3-butyric acid (IBA). Plantlets derived from the best rooting medium established in small cups exhibited 95% survival. Plantlets successfully established in field conditions exhibited morphological characteristies identical to the source plant. The RAPD profile of the in vitro-derived plants and source plant, using 10 random primers, was similar. The gas chromatogram of the extracted oils from in vitro-derived plants and the source plant showed similar patterns.

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