Tissue Culture of Pinus Eldarica (Med.)
Afghan pine [Pinus eldarica (Med.)] was introduced to the United States in the mid-1960s from the Near East (Russia to Pakistan), and is of particular interest in the arid southwestern United States. This pine is very vigorous and tolerant of drought and alkaline soils. It is useful for Christmas tree production, ornamental landscaping, and windbreaks, with potential for fuelwood and pulpwood production. Exploitation is hindered by limited seed availability. Tissue culture techniques offer alternatives for rapid propagation of this important pine.