Preparation of exine-detached pollen inNicotiana tabacum

  • Xia Huijun
  • Zhou Chang
  • Yang Hongyuan


A method of preparing exine-detached pollen inNicotiana tabacum was established. Anthers containing early-middle binucleate pollen were cold-pretreated at 4–6°C for 7–14 days, and were suspended in 0.3 mol/L sucrose solution for 2 days. During this process, the exine of most pollen grains dehisced. Then they were transferred into an enzyme solution containing 1% cellulase, 1% pectinase, 0.1% pectolyase, 1 mol/L mannitol, 0.3 mol/L sorbitol, 0.5% potassium dextran sulphate and K3 medium macro elements. After 15–20 min enzymatic maceration, the exine was detached resulting in the release of exine-detached pollen. Factors affecting preparation of exine-detached pollen were investigated, including cold-pretreatment, osmoticum concentration and enzymes used.

Key words

exine-detached pollen isolation Nicotiana tabacum 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xia Huijun
    • 1
  • Zhou Chang
    • 1
  • Yang Hongyuan
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Life SciencesWuhan UniversityWuhan

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