In vitroselection and regeneration of chrysanthemum (Dendranthema grandiflorumTzelev) plants resistant to culture filtrate ofSeptoria obesaSyd

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Callus cultures derived from leaf segments of chrysanthemum cultivar ‘Snow Ball' which was susceptible to Septoria obesa were successfully used for in vitro selection for resistance to this pathogenic fungus. Resistant cell lines were selected by culturing callus on growth medium containing various concentrations of S. obesa filtrate. Resistant calluses obtained after two cycles (30 d each cycle) of selection were used for plant regeneration. About 30% of the plants regenerated from the resistant calluses and 70-80% of the plants raised from cuttings had acquired considerable resistance against the pathogen in the field. No phenotypic variation was observed in the selected regenerates.

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