Regeneration of Plants from Protoplasts of Some Stone Fruits (Prunus spp.)

  • S. J. Ochatt
Part of the Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry book series (AGRICULTURE, volume 23)


The genus Prunus (Prunoideae, x = 8; Rosaceae), including all the top-fruit tree species horticulturally known as stone fruits (peach, plum, prune, apricot, cherry), is characterized by its rather complex phylogenesis. This genus can be subdivided into several sections, each including at least one economically important member (Rehder 1967). Most cultivated stone-fruit trees are of a composite nature: the fruitbearing scion and a suitable rootstock (belonging either to the same species or to a closely related one, within the Prunoideae) onto which the scion is grafted in order to provide desirable tree size control and fruit cropping. The history of Prunus species goes back to the Mesolithic period, when prehistoric lake and cave dwellers ate their fruits, while they appear to have been first cultivated in Mesopotamia, as described by Herodotus, the Greek historian, in 500 B.C. Presently, stone fruits are cultivated in all temperate areas of the world.


Mesophyll Protoplast Sour Cherry Protoplast Isolation Stone Fruit Prunus Species 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. J. Ochatt
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  1. 1.Station d’Amélioration des Espèces Fruitières et OrnamentalesI.N.R.A. Centre de Recherches d’AngersBeaucouzéFrance

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