Meristem-tip Culture and California's Clean Foundation Sweetpotato Program

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  • 1 Assistant Professor, Department of Horticulture, 101 Funchess Hall, Auburn University, Auburn University, AL 36849-5408. To whom correspondence should be sent.
  • | 2 Farm Advisor Emeritus, Cooperative Extension Service, University of California, 2145 West Wardrobe Avenue, Merced, CA 95340-6496.
  • | 3 Professor Emeritus, Department of Plant Pathology, University of California, Davis, CA 95616.
  • | 4 Professor, Department Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology, 302 Life Sciences Building, Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station, LSU Agricultural Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-1720. Photo credits:

For about 30 years, the Univ. of California has used advanced laboratory techniques in addition to traditional methods to produce pathogen-free and true-to-type sweetpotato seedstock. The effort continues with the varieties important in the marketplace today. This program serves as a model for the use of meristem culture by foundation sweetpotato programs in other states.

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