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Factors influencing the establishment of haploid embryogenic callus from anthers in Jatropha curcas (L.)

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Jatropha curcas (L.) is a small perennial tree or large
shrub widely cultivated throughout Central America,
Africa and Asia. There are several reasons for
developing Jatropha curcas as a new energy crop. As it
does not compete with conventional food crops for land,
water and manpower, it acquires a separate status [1].
Worldwide, introduction of Jatropha for biofuel met with
limited success due to unreliable oil yields. Available
planting material is indeterminate with variability in yield
components and oil content. Currently crop
improvement work in this species is limited [2]. The
interspecific and intervarietal hybridization in Jatropha
species can play a significant role in transferring useful
traits such as high oil content, high number of seeds,
and more femaleness for promotion of a highly
heterozygous, long-generation Jatropha species. No
reports are available for in vitro androgenesis in
Jatropha. Thus, anther culture can be used with usual
breeding practices to produce interspecific and
intervarietal hybrids. Therefore, the present study was
undertaken to study various factors for commencement
of embryogenic callus line from anthers in Jatropha.

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Year: 2011
Volume: 71
Issue: 3
Article DOI: N/A
Print ISSN: 0019-5200
Online ISSN: 0975-6906


Deepti Shrimali, M. A. Shah, B. R. Ranwah info_circle

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