Serratula tinctoria L. (Dyer’s Savory): In Vitro Culture and the Production of Ecdysteroids and Other Secondary Metabolites

  • M.-F. Corio-Costet
  • L. Chapuis
  • J.-P. Delbecque
Part of the Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry book series (AGRICULTURE, volume 37)


The name Serratula is derived from the Latin word serra, which means saw. It designates perennial plants of the Compositae family with medium-sized, serrated leaves and purple flowers (Loste 1937). More than 40 species have been described in Europe, North Africa, and Asia. The most common is Serratula tinctoria, also known as dyer’s savory. This species, 30 to 80 cm high, grows on all kind of soils, and is widely distributed in central and northern Europe (synonym: Carduus tinctoria, Scop; French name: serratule des teinturiers; German name: Fäberscharte). In France, for example, Serratula tinctoria is widespread but with an irregular distribution, rare in the north and near the Mediterranean cost, slightly more abundant in the east (Jura), common in the center and in the west (Bonnier and Layens 1986).


Hairy Root Callus Induction Hairy Root Culture Steryl Ester Agrobacterium Rhizogenes 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M.-F. Corio-Costet
    • 1
  • L. Chapuis
    • 1
  • J.-P. Delbecque
    • 2
  1. 1.SRIV-PhytopharmacieINRA-BordeauxVillenave d’OrnonFrance
  2. 2.Développement et Communication ChimiqueUniversité de Bourgogne, CNRS, URA 674DijonFrance

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