Somatic Embryogenesis in Tropical Fruit Trees

  • Richard E. Litz
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 32)


The production of tropical fruits exceeds that of temperate fruits (8). Tropical fruits are not only important components of the diet in many countries, but their exportation provides a major source of income. This is particularly true of those fruit crops that can be grown on a large-scale plantation basis, e. g., bananas, papayas, etc. Additional export income is generated by the export of crude secondary products that can be recovered from some tropical fruits, e. g., papain from papaya. Thus, in areas of the tropics with few recoverable natural resources, tropical fruit production not only enhances the quality of life, but also provides a valuable and often irreplaceable source of income.


Somatic Embryo Somatic Embryogenesis Fruit Tree Embryogenic Callus Tropical Fruit 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard E. Litz
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  1. 1.Tropical Research and Education Center, Institute of Food and Agricultural SciencesUniversity of FloridaHomesteadUSA

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