Micropropagation of Fig Tree (Ficus carica sp)

  • M. Pasqual
  • E. A. Ferreira

Fig tree plantations cover 426.244 hectare area worldwide with an overall yield of 1.070.676 million tones. The largest fig producing countries are Turkey, Egypt, Iran, Greece and Algeria (FAOSTAT, 2006). The planting of the species occurs predominantly with vegetatively propagated plants, especially by the rooting of cuttings. This fact contributes significantly to the dissemination of pathogens which affect the yield potential of the crop. Through micropropagation of fig tree it is possible to obtain pathogen free plantlets and this is one of the basic requirements for a successful commercial orchard. Furthermore, the technique has the advantage of large-scale production, providing plantlets whenever needed. Aside the advantages of micropropagation, in vitro culture has also supported the research on transgenic plants obtained by genetic transformation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Pasqual
    • 1
  • E. A. Ferreira
    • 2
  1. 1.Tissue Culture Laboratory, Agricultural DepartmentFederal University of LavrasLavrasBrazil
  2. 2.Fruit Culture SectionEPAMIGUberabaBrazil

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