Original Articles

Applications of in vitro methods to Eucalyptus germplasm conservation

Published in: The Southern African Forestry Journal
Volume 187, issue 1, 2000 , pages: 3–10
DOI: 10.1080/10295925.2000.9631250
Author(s): M.P. Watt,, D.J. MycockDepartment of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences,, F.C. BlakewayMountain Home Laboratories,, P. Berjak,

Abstract

For forestry species that require large tracts of land for conservation stands, in vitro storage methods such as minimal growth cultures or cryopreservation can provide a cost- and space-effective ex situ conservation approach. As protocols for the micropropagation of Eucalyptus spp. are available, collections can be rapidly retrieved from in vitro storage, multiplied, and be ready for distribution throughout the year. However, one of the major disadvantages of this approach is that the methods for storage have to be developed for each species (and sometimes clones) and this is initially time consuming and expensive.

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