Vitrification: Morphological, Physiological, and Ecological Aspects

  • Th. Gaspar
  • C. Kevers
  • P. Debergh
  • L. Maene
  • M. Paques
  • Ph. Boxus
Part of the Forestry Sciences book series (FOSC, volume 24-26)


Vitrification (synonyms: glassiness, translucency, vitrescence, hyperhydric malformations) is a physiological disorder frequently affecting herbaceous and woody plants during their in vitro vegetative propagation. The descriptions of these conditions given by various authors are very similar although often vitrification is not properly recognized (see 3.1. and 4 below). In general stems of vitrified plantlets are broad, thick and translucent; leaves are thick, wrinkled and/or curled, frequently very elongated, and easily breakable. Some researchers have ascribed the malformations to chlorophyll deficiency and general cell hyperhydricity (23, 45).


Ethylene Production Normal Plant Physiol Plant Plant Cell Tissue Organ Cult Apple Rootstock 
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  • Th. Gaspar
  • C. Kevers
  • P. Debergh
  • L. Maene
  • M. Paques
  • Ph. Boxus

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