Plant Tissue culture techniques for Breeding

Mark Bridgen, Wouter Van Houtven, Tom Eeckhaut

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    Several tissue culture techniques can be used to generate genetic variation
    in plants. These in vitro procedures have been applied successfully in many
    species and have been used to create plants that are disease and insect resistant and tolerant to water stress and demonstrate enhanced growth and improved yields and much more. Traditional plant breeding is enhanced with techniques such as embryo culture to rescue recalcitrant hybrids. Technologies as protoplast fusion and somaclonal variation are used to exploit existing genetic diversity or to produce new genetic variability. Once new plants are developed, micropropagation can be used to efficiently clonally propagate large numbers for the commercial market. Genetic engineering would not be possible without the involvement of in vitro plant tissue culture regeneration procedures.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationOrnamental crops: handbook of plant breeding
    Editorsjohan van huylenbroeck
    Number of pages18
    Publication date2018
    ISBN (Print)978-3-319-90697-3
    Publication statusPublished - 2018


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