Winged Bean (Psophocarpus tetragonolobus L. TPt6): Culture of Excised Anthers and Unfertilized Ovules

  • K. Tran Thanh Van
  • H. Lie-Schricke
  • T. H. Trinh
Part of the Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry book series (AGRICULTURE, volume 12)


The winged bean (Psophocarpus) is a perennial climbing herbaceous legume up to 5 m long, having trifoliate leaves and tuberous roots with quadrangular pods up to 40 cm long, bearing little flaps at each angle. An outstanding feature is that all parts of this plant (the tubers, shoots, pods, and seeds) are edible. The tubers contain a high amount of protein in dry weight (20%) in comparison to the potato (2%), sweet potato (2%), and yam (1%) (National Academy of Sciences 1975). Comparable to the soybean (35%), the seeds contain a high percentage of crude protein content (29.8%–42.5%) (Cerny 1978; Newell and Hymowitz 1979; Hettiarachchy and Sri Kantha 1982; Hildebrand et al. 1982).


Anther Culture Embryo Formation Winged Bean Callus Phase Thin Cell Layer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Tran Thanh Van
  • H. Lie-Schricke
  • T. H. Trinh
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut de Physiologie VégétaleCNRSGif sur YvetteFrance

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