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Somatic Embryogenesis in Woody Plants

Volume 6

  • S. Mohan Jain
  • Pramod K. Gupta
  • Ronald J. Newton

Part of the Forestry Sciences book series (FOSC, volume 67)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Section A

    1. Liisa Kaarina Simola
      Pages 1-16
    2. Nasim Akhtar, Nishi Kumari, Shashi Pandey, Hussain Ara, Madhulika Singh, Uma Jaiswal et al.
      Pages 93-131
    3. R. Raj Bhansali, Manjit Singh
      Pages 141-167
    4. P. S. Rao, P. Suprassana, T. R. Ganapathi, V. A. Bapat
      Pages 169-191
    5. Rajani Nadgauda, Gaurav Mathur, Shilpa Gogte
      Pages 193-210
  3. Section B

    1. Alain Rival
      Pages 249-290
    2. R. Rodríguez, B. Berros, M. Luz Centeno, M. Rovira, A. Rodríguez, L. Radojevic
      Pages 291-359
    3. A. Onay, C. E. Jeffree
      Pages 361-390
    4. Hazel Y. Wetzstein, Benjamin S. Jeyaretnam, Wagner A. Vendrame, Adriana P. M. Rodriguez
      Pages 391-414
    5. Zhongxiong Lai, Chunling Chen, Lihui Zeng, Zhenguang Chen
      Pages 415-431
    6. M. L. Lopes, M. R. Ferreira, J. M. Carloto, G. S. Cruz, J. M. Canhoto
      Pages 433-455
    7. Miguel P. Guerra, Vanildo Silveira, André L. W. dos Santos, Leandro V. Astarita, Rubens O. Nodari
      Pages 457-478
    8. M. A. Bueno, A. Gómez, J. A. Manzanera
      Pages 479-508
    9. Luciana L. F. Ribas, Miguel P. Guerra, Flávio Zanette, Luiz Kulchetscki
      Pages 509-537
    10. Saloni Shahana, Shrish C. Gupta
      Pages 539-552

About this book


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 a tremendous pressure on trees and tree products; growing awareness of the potential of previously unexploited tree resources; and environ­ mental pollution have both accelerated the development of new technologies for tree propagation, breeding and improvement. Biotechnology of trees may be the answer to solve the problems which can not 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 a large number of the trees and woody plants. So far, plant tissue culture technology has largely been exploited by commercial companies in propagation of ornamentals, especially foliage house plants. Gene­ rally, tissue culture of woody plants has been recalcitrant. 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 taedb), Sandalwood (Santalum album), Citrus, mango (Mangifera indica), etc. , offer a ray of hope of: a) inexpensive clonal propagation for large-scale production of plants or "emblings" or somatic seedlings; b) protoplast work; c) cryopreservation; d) genetic transformation; and e) synthetic or artificial or manufactured seed production.


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Editors and affiliations

  • S. Mohan Jain
    • 1
  • Pramod K. Gupta
    • 2
  • Ronald J. Newton
    • 3
  1. 1.Plant Breeding and Genetics Section, FAO/IAEA DivisionInternational Atomic Energy AgencyViennaAustria
  2. 2.Weyerhaeuser Inc.TacomaUSA
  3. 3.Department of BiologyEast Carolina University GreenvilleUSA

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