Somaclonal Variation: The Myth of Clonal Uniformity

  • W. R. Scowcroft
Part of the Plant Gene Research book series (GENE)


The genomes of eukaryotes are in a dynamic state of flux. Nowhere is this more apparent than in higher plants, particularly under in vitro culture systems, where the amount of variability generated can be described as staggering. The nature and extent of the variation arising during culture highlights the apparent fragility of plant genomes when the normal course of development is perturbed.


Tissue Culture Chromosomal Abnormality Adventitious Shoot Anther Culture Somaclonal Variation 
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  • W. R. Scowcroft
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  1. 1.CSIRO Division of Plant IndustryCanberraAustralia

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