Somatic Embryogenesis of Ocotea catharinensis: An Endangered Tree of the Mata Atlantica (S. Brazil)

  • A. M. Viana
  • S. H. Mantell
Part of the Forestry Sciences book series (FOSC, volume 59)


Ocotea catharinensis Mez. (Lauraceae) is an endangered native forest tree species of the atlantic forest (the Mata Atlantica) located in the South of Brazil (Fig. 1A). This forest is considered to be the most endangered ecosystem in the world with only 5% of the original forest remaining. Before 1980, this tree was the most abundant in the Atlantic Forest in Santa Catarina State, at altitudes varying from 300 to 700 m above sea level and represented approximately one-third of the total wood biomass (Klein, 1980).


Somatic Embryo Somatic Embryogenesis Zygotic Embryo Cell Aggregate Embryogenic Cell 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. M. Viana
    • 1
  • S. H. Mantell
    • 2
  1. 1.Unit for Advanced Propagation Systems, Department of Biological SciencesWye College, University of LondonWye, Ashford, KentUK
  2. 2.Departamento de Botânica, Centro de Ciências BiológicasUniversidade Federal de Santa CatarinaSCBrazil

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