Micropropagation : Technology and Application

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Micropropagation is a technology that has developed within the past 30 years. Earlier overviews of plant tissue culture have reviewed micropropagation as just one of many tissue culture procedures in use. Since the applications of this technology have multiplied so rapidly in recent years, we decided that a specific overview of the technology was now appropriate Our book begins with a review of the general principles of tissue culture as applied to micropropagation. This review is concise since the general topic has been covered in numerous other books and reviews. The basic principles of laboratory design and construction are summarized in the second chapter. Common problems encountered in micropropagation, both during and after culture, are examined in detail in four chapters. As micropropagation developed from a laboratory curiosity to a commercial industry, different considerations became important. These are discussed in two chapters. An attempt has been made to assess the current status of commercial production around the world. This has been difficult because commercial production figures are often closely guarded and little has been done to collect statistics on this growing industry. Applications to a broad range of crops are discussed in a series of chapters. These try to report the state of the art in each area, but since applications for some crops are much more advanced than for others, the focus of these chapters varies depending upon the progress that has been made.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 484 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 30.48mm | 498.95g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1991 ed.
  • VIII, 484 p.
  • 0792308190
  • 9780792308195

Table of contents

Micropropagation.- Laboratory design.- Problems in tissue culture: culture contamination.- Vitrification: morphological and physiological disorders of in vitro plants.- Acclimatization of micropropagated plants to the greenhouse and field.- Post culture behavior: genetic and epigenetic effects and related problems.- Economic considerations.- Marketing of micropropagated plants.- Commercial micropropagation in Western Europe and Israel.- Commercial production in Poland and other Eastern European countries.- Commercial micropropagation in North America.- Commercial micropropagation in Asia.- Commercial production in Australia and New Zealand.- Commercial micropropagation in South and Central America.- Micropropagation and plant tissue culture in developing countries of Africa.- Ornamentals.- Micropropagation of temperate zone fruit and nut crops.- Micropropagation of tropical and subtropical fruits.- Micropropagation of vegetable crop species.- Applications of micropropagation for agronomic crops.- Application of micropropagation to forestry.- Estate crops.- Automation.- Future technologies: model-reference control systems for the scale-up of embryogenesis and polyembryogenesis in cell suspension cultures.- Application of bioreactors in plant propagation.- Micropropagation under photoautotrophic conditions.- List of contributors.- Index of species.- Index of subjects.
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Review quote

' It can be recommended to everybody involved in the in vitro cultivation. ' Biologia Plantarum 34 1992
'Overall, I found this book to be a useful "Overview" of the field of micropropagation and an excellent exhaustive compilation of the current works and future perspectives for both industrial and research tissue culture laboratories interested....' Acta Oecologica 13:5 1992
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