Micropropagation of Bamboos

  • W. C. Chang
  • C. W. Ho
Part of the Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry book series (AGRICULTURE, volume 39)


Bamboos are often long-lived, woody, evergreen grass, members of the family Gramineae, tribe Bambuseae. The giant bamboo often reach a height of 20–30 m, while most bamboos are shrub-like, medium, or dwarf species with a few exceptions as climbers (Wang and Shen 1987). There are about 75 genera and over 1250 species in the world (Sharma 1980), which occur mostly in natural vegetation in tropical, subtropical, and temperate regions and are found in great abundance in tropical Asia. Most of them require a warm climate, abundant moisture, and fertile soil. Only a few species can grow in fairly cold weather (below −20 °C) (Wang and Shen 1987).


Somatic Embryo Somatic Embryogenesis Plant Regeneration Embryogenic Callus Zygotic Embryo 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. C. Chang
    • 1
  • C. W. Ho
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of BotanyAcademia SinicaTaipeiTaiwan, Republic of China

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