Impact of Plant Tissue Culture on Agricultural Sustainability

  • Nahla A. El-SherifEmail author
Part of the The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry book series (HEC, volume 77)


Plant tissue culture is an important agricultural biotechnological tool that contributes in the production of crops with improved food, fiber, fuel, and feed. It is one way toward commercialization to face the food availability challenge in developing countries and allow them to cope with their fast-growing population in a restricted area of land. In addition, plant tissue culture enables some rare and nearly extinct plant species to be rescued and propagated. Conventional methods of propagation thus need to be supplemented with modern breeding techniques. In this way, higher levels of agriculture, afforestation, plant improvement as well as in vitro production of metabolites and plant secondary products can be reached and fulfilled on a year-round basis and under disease-free conditions. The main applications of plant tissue culture in the agricultural field, plant micropropagation, inducing new varieties and constrains of plant tissue culture and challenges this technique is facing as an industry helping the agricultural field, are discussed in this chapter.


Agriculture Biotechnology In vitro propagation Industry New varieties Plant tissue culture 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cytology and Genetics Unit, Botany Department, Faculty of ScienceAin Shams UniversityCairoEgypt
  2. 2.Biology Department, Faculty of ScienceTaibah UniversityMadinahSaudi Arabia

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