Indian Society of Genetics & Plant Breeding

High frequency occurrence of soft endosperm mutant Macapuno coconuts in Andaman Islands and their embryo culture

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A relatively high frequency occurrence of mutant soft
endosperm coconuts called“Dahi nariyel” in the Andaman
OrdinaryTall variety is reported. These coconut types are
similar to the popular “macapuno” coconuts. Embryo
culture is the only method to propagate such novel mutants.
We generated few plantlets in Y3 media through embryo
rescue. Germination of embryo commenced in a month’s
time and the seedlings got developed into a three leaf stage
plantlet in about 9 months. The scope of these coconut
types for the islands and local prosperity is presented.

Keywords: Coconut, macapuno, dahi nariyal, Andaman and Nicobar Islands


Year: 2014
Volume: 74
Issue: 4
Article DOI: 10.5958/0975-6906.2014.00885.2
Print ISSN: 0019-5200
Online ISSN: 0975-6906



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