Despite their economic importance, the Agave spp. have not been genetically improved. This is probably owing to the fact that they have very long life cycles and many of them have an inefficient sexual reproduction mechanism. Micropropagation offers an alternative to this problem through the efficient cloning of selected high-yielding “elite” plants. We report here efficient method to micropropagate agaves and a strategy for the management of large scale production that has been successfully applied to several Agave spp.
- genetic improvement
- large-scale propagation