Wild Potato (Solanum chacoense Bitt.): In Vitro Production of Haploids

  • M. Cappadocia
Part of the Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry book series (AGRICULTURE, volume 12)


The genus Solanum, with more than 2000 species, is by far the largest genus of the Solanaceae. Its subsection Tuberarium is subdivided into 17 series, including Commersoniana Buk., to which S. chacoense Bitter belongs (Hawkes 1963). This tuber-bearing species possesses a wide altitudinal range, from sea level to over 2300 m, though it is primarily a species of the plains and low foothills. It occurs in a very wide range of habitats, as a weed in cotton, maize, and bean fields, along forest borders, waysides, riverbanks etc., in both the shade and the sun (Hawkes and Hjerting 1969). Native to the floristic province of the Chaco, Argentina, as the Latin name implies, its distribution covers many of the provinces of Argentina, Paraguay, Uraguay, eastern Brazil, spreading northwards into central Bolivia. Among the wild potatoes, it is probably the most vigorous and adaptable species, displaying an immense range of morphological, physiological, and genetic variation.


Double Haploid Anther Culture Verticillium Wilt Haploid Plant Wild Potato 
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  • M. Cappadocia
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  1. 1.Institut Botanique, Département de Sciences BiologiquesUniversité de MontréalMontréalCanada

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