• Sant Saran Bhojwani
  • Prem Kumar Dantu


Haploid plants, characterized genetically by the presence of gametic number of chromosomes in their cells (i.e., half the number of chromosomes as in somatic cells), are of considerable importance in genetics and plant breeding programmes. However, there has been no reliable and reproducible method to produce haploids under field conditions. Therefore, the full potential of haploids could not be exploited in agriculture. Since the first report of androgenic haploid production in anther cultures of Datura innoxia by Guha and Maheshwari (1964, 1966), considerable success has been achieved in developing protocols for androgenic haploid production in anther/pollen culture of over 200 species, including several major crop plants. The technique is being routinely used in crop improvement programmes and has aided development of several improved varieties.


Anther Culture Pollen Development Donor Plant Haploid Plant Pollen Wall 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BotanyDayalbagh Educational Institute (Deemed University)AgraIndia

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