Callus induction in 12 genotypes of faba bean (Vicia faba L.) genotypes from Egypt were examined. Cotyledon, leaf petiole, and stem explants were cultured on two basal agar media; Murashige and Skoog (MS) and Gamborg (B5). The media contained 0.5 mm 2,4-D, 0.25 mm NAA, and 30 g of sucrose/L. Calli were easily formed in B5 media and induction rate was significantly dependent on the genotype. The highest induction rates occurred mostly in genotypes from Assiut Univ., Egypt, and in a local variety `Goya'. These callus cultures will be used for in vitro screening of the faba bean genotypes for tolerance to salt and drought, respectively.
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