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A novel life cycle arising from leaf segments in plants regenerated from horseradish hairy roots

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Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana) hairy root clones were established from hairy roots which were transformed with the Ri plasmid in Agrobacterium rhizogenes 15834. The transformed plants, which were regenerated from hairy root clones, had thicker roots with extensive lateral branches and thicker stems, and grew faster compared with non-transformed horseradish plants. Small sections of leaves of the transformed plants generated adventitious roots in phytohormone-free G (modified Gamborg's) medium. Root proliferation was followed by adventitious shoot formation and plant regeneration. Approximately twenty plants were regenerated per square centimeter of leaf. The transformed plants were easily transferable from sterile conditions to soil. When leaf segments of the transformed plants were cultured in a liquid fertilizer under non-sterile conditions, adventitious roots were generated at the cut ends of the leaves. Adventitious shoots were generated at the boundary between the leaf and the adventitious roots and developed into complete plants. This novel life cycle arising from leaf segments is a unique property of the transformed plants derived from hairy root clones.

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Mano, Y., Matsuhashi, M. A novel life cycle arising from leaf segments in plants regenerated from horseradish hairy roots. Plant Cell Reports 14, 370–374 (1995). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00238599

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Key words

  • Agrobacterium rhizogenes
  • Hairy roots
  • Ri plasmid
  • Transformation
  • Armoracia rusticana
  • Regeneration