Micropropagation of Amaranthus (Amaranth)

  • A. Bennici
  • S. Schiff
Part of the Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry book series (AGRICULTURE, volume 39)


The genus Amaranthus (Amaranthaceae) has attracted great interest in the past years as an agronomic crop in various parts of the world. In fact, this genus shows very promising nutritional and economic potential because of the high protein content of the seeds (16–18% on average) with a well-balanced amino acid component with a high lysine and methionine content, and for its wide adaptability as a C4 pseudocereal (Bagga et al. 1987; Peters and Jain 1987). Moreover, in this genus may be included some vegetable types which have a high protein content in the leaves (up to 5.6% on fresh wt. basis). These vegetable amaranths are edible, like spinach, and are used in equatorial Africa and Southeast Asia (Feine et al. 1979; Flores and Teutonico 1986). The grain species (Fig. 1) compares favorably with maize and other cereals. The Amaranthus species were domesticated prehistorically in the highlands of tropical and subtropical America. Today, these species are widely spread in almost all regions of the world.


Shoot Regeneration High Protein Content Zeatin Riboside Hypocotyl Segment Stem Explant 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Bennici
  • S. Schiff
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  1. 1.Department of Plant BiologyUniversity of FlorenceFlorenceItaly

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