Picrasma quassioides Bennet (Japanese Quassia Tree): In Vitro Culture and Production of Quassin

  • A. H. Scragg
  • E. J. Allan
Part of the Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry book series (AGRICULTURE, volume 21)


The genus Picrasma contains about six species and belongs to the family Simaroubaceae. A wide variety of biologically active compounds have been isolated from members of this family, the majority of which are quassinoids. The wood from these trees has been used as a traditional medicine and lately some quassins have been reported to have important antileukemic properties (Cordell 1978).


Suspension Culture Shake Flask Naphthalene Acetic Acid Stir Tank Bioreactor Zeatin Riboside 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. H. Scragg
    • 1
  • E. J. Allan
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Applied ScienceThe University of the West of EnglandCold Harbour Lane, FrenchayUK
  2. 2.Department of AgricultureUniversity of AberdeenScotland

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