Basella alba L.: In Vitro Culture and the Production of Betalains

  • E. Cyunel
Part of the Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry book series (AGRICULTURE, volume 7)


Basella alba L. belongs to the family Basellaceae, the order Centrospermae. The plants belonging to Centrospermae contain specific pigments: red-violet betacyanins and yellow betaxanthins, which have a common name, betalains. The occurrence of betalains is restricted to ten families of this order. The remaining families contain exclusively anthocyanins.


Liquid Culture Callus Tissue Casein Hydrolysate Pigment Production Callus Line 
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  • E. Cyunel
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  1. 1.Department of Pharmaceutical BotanyNicolaus Copernicus Medical AcademyKrakowPoland

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