PHOTOCONTROL OF DIOSCOREA ALATA PLANTLET GROWTH IN VITRO

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  • 1 Department of Horticulture. Clemson University. Clemson. SC 29634-0375.

The effects of light spectral quality on Discorea alata cv, Oriental in vitro grown plantlets were investigated. Cultured nodes were treated with red (R) or far-red (FR) light at the end of a 14 hr photoperiod. End-of-day (EOD) light treatments did not affect organogenesis. EOD FR light increased average internode lengths as compared to plantlets treated with EOD R light. The EOD FR enhancement of internode elongation was reversed by following the FR with R suggesting the involvement of phytochrome. There were no residual light effects on subsequent plantlet development from subcultured nodes or potted plantlets after EOD light treatments were terminated.

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