Somatic Embryogenesis in Woody Plants

Somatic Embryogenesis in Woody Plants : Volume 3: Gymnosperms

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The quality of human life has been maintained and enhanced for generations by the use of trees and their products. In recent years, ever rising human population growth has put tremendous pressure on trees and tree products; growing awareness of the potential of previously un exploited tree resources and environmental pollution have both accelerated development of new technologies for tree propagation, breeding and improvement. Biotechnology of trees may be the answer to solve the problems which cannot be solved by conventional breeding methods. The combination of biotechnology and conventional methods such as plant propagation and breeding may be a novel approach to improving and multiplying in large number the trees and woody plants. So far, plant tissue culture technology has largely been exploited in the propagation of ornamental plants, especially foliage house plants, by com- mercial companies. Generally, tissue culture of woody plants has been recal- citrant. However, limited success has been achieved in tissue culture of angiosperm and gymnosperm woody plants.
A number of recent reports on somatic embryogenesis in woody plants such as Norway spruce (Picea abies), Loblolly pine (Pinus taeda), Sandalwood (Santalum album), Citrus, Mango (Mangifera indica), etc. offer a ray of hope of: (a) inexpensive clonal propa- gation for large-scale production of plants or "emblings" or "somatic embryo plants"; (b) protoplast work; (c) cryopreservation; (d) genetic transforma- tion; and (e) artificial or manufactured seed production.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 391 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 25.4mm | 863g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1995
  • 61 Tables, black and white; XIV, 391 p.
  • 0792329384
  • 9780792329381

Table of contents

Volume 1: General Preface. 1. Introduction; H. Kreibel. 2. Historical aspects of somatic embryogenesis in woody plants; S.C. Minocha, R. Minocha. 3. Anatomical comparison of somatic and zygotic embryogeny in conifers; R. Nagmani, A.M. Diner, S. Garton, A.E. Zipf. 4. Somatic embryogenesis in some angiosperm woody plants; S.V. Kendurkar, R.S. Nadgauda, C.H. Phake, M.M. Jana, S.V. Shirke, A.F. Mascarenhas. 5. Somatic embryogenesis in conifers; P.K. Gupta, J.B. Grob. 6. Somatic embryogenesis and rejuvenation of trees; J.N. Ruaud, M. Paques. 7. Molecular analysis of zygotic and somatic conifer embryos; S. Mishra. 8. Progress in protoplast technology for woody angiosperms; A. Tibok, J.B. Power, M. Davey. 9. Gymnosperm protoplasts; F. Bekkaoui. T.J. Tautorus, D.I. Dunstan. 10. Genetic transformation in angiosperms; A.M. Dandekar. 11. Transformation of gymnosperms; D. Ellis. 12. Manufactured seeds of woody plants; W. Carlson, J.E. Hartle. 13. Scale-up of embryogenic plant suspension cultures in bioreactors; T.J. Tautorus, D.I. Dunstan. 14. Cryopreservation for germplasm collection in woody plants; A. Sakai. 15. The biochemistry of conifer embryo development: amino acids, polyamines and storage proteins; R. Feirer. 16. Polyamines and somatic embryogenesis in woody plants; R. Minocha, S.C. Minocha, L.K. Simola. 17. Evaluation of somaclonal variation during somatic embryogenesis; L. DeVerno. 18. Mutation work with somatic embryogenesisin woody plants; B. Heinze, J. Schmidt. 19. Prospects and limits of somatic embryogenesis of Picea abies; M. Paques, J. Bercetche, M. Palada. 20. Future uses of somatic embryogenesis in woody plantation species; L.W. Handley. Index. Volume 2: 1. Somatic embryogenesis in Citrus species; S.S. Gosal, M.I.S. Gill, H. Grewal. 2. Somatic embryogenesis in Eucalyptus; E.M. Muralidharan, A.F. Mascarenhas. 3. Somatic embryogenesis in Bamboo; S.H. Woods, J.E. Woods, G.B. Collins. 4. Somatic embryogenesis of Bambusa oldhamii, B. beecheyana, and Sinocalamus latiflora; W.C. Chang. 5. Somatic embryogenesis in oak (Quercus sps.); V. Chalupa. 6. Somatic embryogenesis in Populus sps.; C.H. Michler. 7. Somatic embryogenesis in walnut (Juglans regia); J. Preece, G.H. McGranahan, L.M. Long, C.A. Leslie. 8. Somatic embryogenesis in Rubber (Hevea brasiliensis Mull. Arg.); M.P. Carron, H. Etienne, L. Lardet, S. Campagna, Y. Perrin, A. Leconte, C. Chaine. 9. Somatic embryogenesis in Birch (Betula pendulum); V. Chalupa. 10. Somatic embryogenesis in sandalwood (Santalum album L.); P.S. Rao, V.A. Bapat. 11. Somatic embryogenesis in olive (Olea europaea L.); E. Rugini. 12. Somatic embryogenesis in Grape; D.J. Gray. 13. Somatic embryogenesis in Salix; L. Groenroos. 14. Somatic embryogenesis in Camellia spp.; A.M. Vieitez.
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