Mentha Species (Mints): In Vitro Culture and Production of Lower Terpenoids and Pigments

  • D. V. Banthorpe
Part of the Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry book series (AGRICULTURE, volume 37)


The Mentha comprise a genus of the Labiatae (Lamiaceae) that are widely distributed in the north and south temperate zones of Eurasia and Africa, and members of which have been extensively introduced into the Americas (Hooker and Jackson 1893; Harley 1976; Clapham et al. 1987). Up to some 25 species have been characterised, but the genus is extremely complex taxonomically and much phenotypic plasticity and genetic variability occurs. Diversity in Europe appears to be at the species level whereas that in central Asia mainly involves variation within one species, i.e. M. sylvestris (Chambers 1992a).


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