Measurement and Origin of Genetic Variation in Tissue Culture Systems

  • D. E. Parfitt
  • S. Arulsekar
Part of the Forestry Sciences book series (FOSC, volume 24-26)


Plant tissue culture has traditionally been treated as a tool for improved micropropagation of clonally propagated crops. The recent development of somaclonal selection strategies and molecular genetic technologies has expanded the role of in vitro plant tissue culture systems. Improved opportunities to study plant genomes and their organization will be reflected in improved evaluation and direction of variation in vitro. The nature and amount of genetic variability in vitro is poorly understood, especially for tissue cultures of long lived perennial species (including tree crops). Few reliable genetic markers have been identified in most of these species, and consequently, few rapid and reliable evaluation procedures have been developed. However, with the increased interest in these species due to economic and academic considerations and improved technologies for genetic analysis at the cellular and molecular levels, this situation will probably change soon.


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