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Effect of micro-propagation on the health status of strawberry planting material for commercial production of strawberry runners for Queensland

Moisander, J. and Herrington, M. and Hutton, D. and Greer, N. (2006) Effect of micro-propagation on the health status of strawberry planting material for commercial production of strawberry runners for Queensland. Acta Horticulturae, 708 . pp. 271-273.

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Abstract

Plant tissue culture has been used for a number of years to produce micropropagated strawberry plants for planting into runner growing beds in the Stanthorpe (Queensland) and Bothwell (Tasmania) regions. This process has allowed the rapid release of new cultivars from the LAWS (Late Autumn, Winter, Spring) breeding program into the current runner production system. Micro-propagation in vitro allows plants to be produced during the autumn and winter months, when mother plants would normally be in a fruit production phase in the field in Queensland. The plants produced are of a high health status when they are planted. The subsequent arrival and build up of various diseases in the runner fields are closely monitored. Using tissue culture for the first generation reduces the time the plants spend in the field by twelve months, reducing disease incidence. To date, any disease outbreak has been successfully managed using early detection and rapid response methods.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:© International Society for Horticultural Science.
Keywords:LAWS (Late Autumn, Winter, Spring) breeding program; micro-propagation; Queensland; strawberry runners.
Subjects:Plant culture > Fruit and fruit culture > Berries and small fruits
Plant culture > Propagation
Deposited On:24 Feb 2009 05:31
Last Modified:14 Mar 2011 03:26

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