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Micropropagation of vegetatively propagated crops: accelerating release of new cultivars and providing an important source of clean planting material

Hamill, S.D. and Moisander, J.A. and Smith, M.K. (2009) Micropropagation of vegetatively propagated crops: accelerating release of new cultivars and providing an important source of clean planting material. In: Proceedings of the VI International Symposium on In Vitro Culture and Horticultural Breeding. Brisbane, Australia, 25-29 August 2008. International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) No. 829, pp. 213-218.

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Abstract

Micropropagation is unequalled for the rapid clonal propagation of improved cultivars from several Australian breeding programmes. This has been particularly true of the pineapple breeding programme, but it has also found an important role in the strawberry breeding programme where high-health mother stock is of paramount concern. In the banana and ginger industries, while access to new cultivars has been of importance, micropropagation has been adopted by the industry to ensure that planting materials are free from serious pests and diseases. Bananas can be used as planting material as early as the first generation ex vitro and is responsible for the establishment of laboratories and nurseries specializing in the production of pathogen-tested plants. The ginger industry, on the other hand, has used micropropagated plants as a source of disease and pest-free stock to establish a clean 'seed' scheme based on the production of conventional planting material.

Item Type:Book Section
Corporate Creators:Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI), Agri-Science, Crop and Food Science , QPIF
Business groups:Agri-Science, Crop and Food Science
Additional Information:© International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS)
Keywords:Bananas; disease resistance; ginger; micropropagation; new cultivars; pest resistance; pineapples; plant diseases; plant pests; strawberries; varietal resistance; in vitro propagation; plant breeding.
Subjects:Plant culture > Propagation
Deposited On:04 Feb 2010 06:21
Last Modified:25 Oct 2011 01:48

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