Micropropagation of Three Pyrus Rootstocks

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  • 1 Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331
  • | 2 U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, National Clonal Germplasm Repository, 33447 Peoria Road, Corvallis, OR 97333-2521

Explants of three rootstock selections Pyrus calleryana Dcne `Oregon Pear Rootstock (OPR) 157', P. betulifolia Bunge `OPR 260', and P. communis L. `Old Home' × `Farmingdale 230' (`OH × F 230') were initiated from forced branches of field-grown trees. `OPR 260' and `OH × F 230' shoots cultured on Cheng medium with IBA proliferated better than those on NAA. NAA and IBA at concentrations >0.5 μm inhibited shoot multiplication. Overall, the best micropropagation medium for `OPR 260' and `OH × F 230' was Cheng medium with 8 μm BA and 0.5 μm IBA. Shoot multiplication of `OPR 157' was best on 8 μm BA and better on low NAA (0.5 μm) or no auxin than on IBA. `OH × F 230' rooted easily (>80%) with all IBA and NAA treatments. The best rooting treatment (42.9%) for `OPR 260' was 10 μm IBA in darkness for 1 week; for `OPR 157' (23.9%), it was a 15-second dip in 10 mm NAA. Only rooted plantlets survived 4 weeks of greenhouse acclimatization. Chemical names used: N6-benzyladenine (BA); indole-3-butyric acid (IBA); napthaleneacetic acid (NAA).