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Rochelle R. Beasley and Paula M. Pijut

endangered tree species. Adventitious shoot regeneration and rooting is a prerequisite for use in genetic modification technology. Adventitious shoot regeneration has been reported for common or European ash ( F . excelsior ) ( Hammatt, 1996 ; Mockeliunaite

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Maria Cantor*, Rodica Pop, and Ioana Pop

The Streptocarpus is propagated ease vegetatively from leaf cuttings all year round, but is grown on a very limited scale commercially in Romania. Successful protocol for direct shoot regeneration from in vitro Cape primrose (Streptocarpus × hybridus Voss.) leaf explants has been developed. The ease of tissue culture propagation can promote Streptocarpus production and facilitated the rapid introduction of this new species. Adventitious shoot regeneration was inducted in vitro on MS basal medium, using different concentration of NAA (1, 1.5, 2 mg·L-1) and cyokinin TDZ (0.1, 0.5, 1 mg·L-1). High frequency regeneration was obtained from leaves when cultured in the media supplemented with 1 mg·L-1 NAA plus 0.5 mg·L-1 TDZ and the percent of regeneration resulted is between 70% to 100%. Complete plantlets were acclimatized and successfully transplanted to glasshouse conditions. The total duration of the cycle from leaf explants through complete plantlets was 10 weeks.

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Karen E. Hokanson and Margaret R. Pooler

Callus formation and adventitious shoot regeneration in vitro from mature stored seed were evaluated in eight ornamental cherry (Prunus) taxa: P. campanulata Maxim., P. maackii Rupr., P. sargentii Rehd., P. serrula Franch., P. serrulata Lindl., P. subhirtella Miq., P. virginiana L., and P. yedoensis Matsum. Several portions of the embryo (cotyledons and hypocotyl sections) and nine combinations of growth regulators (BA, 2,4-D, IBA, NAA, and TDZ) were compared. Effects of embryo portions and growth regulator treatments were generally small within taxa, but shoot formation differed among taxa. About 20% to 50% of the embryos from P. virginiana and P. serrula and ≈5% to 30% of those from P. maackii produced shoots. The other taxa generally did not produce shoots. Regeneration from mature stored seed in the responsive taxa represents a potential system for genetic transformation. Chemical names used: 6-benzyladenine (BA); 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D); indole-3-butyric acid (IBA); α-naphthaleneacetic acid (NAA); thidiazuron (TDZ).

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Michael E. Compton

Organic competence of different explant sizes and locations on watermelon seedlings was determined by calculating the percentage of cotyledon explants that produced adventitious shoots. About 52% (214/412) of explants prepared from the proximal region of cotyledons formed shoots, whereas only ≈6% (24/411) of distal explants did so. Shoot formation was limited to the proximal end of basal explants but was not restricted to any specific region on distal ones. The percentage of explants that produced harvestable shoots was greater from basal halves than basal quarters in `Sweet Gem', `Crimson Sweet', and `Minilee', but explant size did not affect adventitious shoot regeneration of `Yellow Doll', resulting in significant interaction between cultivar and explant size. This study indicates that cultivars that respond poorly to in vitro procedures may have fewer cells competent for shoot regeneration, requiring special care during explant preparation.

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Orlando McMeans and Robert M. Skirvin

To isolate unique fruit colors and look for somaclonal variation among regenerants, a regeneration protocol was established for various cultivars of striped apples (`Mailing 26', `Mutsu', `Regal Gala', `Summerland Red', and `Fuji'). Leaves were harvested from in m-grown plants, transferred to regeneration media [MS + NAA (5.4 μM) + TDZ (3 μM)], stored in the dark for 3 to 4 weeks, then moved to controlled light conditions, where adventitious shoot regeneration was observed. Developing shoots were transferred to proliferation medium and screened for their red or green phenotype by placing them on MS media containing various concentrations of sucrose (30, 45, 60, 75 and 90 g\L) and BA (0, 2.5, 5, 7.5, 10, 12.5 and 15 μM). Some of the regenerated apple shoots exhibited red color soon after being taken from the dark treatment. Others were less distinct, with colors ranging from dull green to a green-pink mixture. The red and green shoots are now being rooted and will be transferred to the field, where they will be grown to maturity.

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S. Guzman, H. Alejandro, J. Farias, A. Michel, and G. Lopez

Watermelon (Citrullus vulgaris Schrad.) is a widely grown crop throughout the tropics and subtropics. In Mexico, it is an economically important crop. In vitro adventitious shoot regeneration of watermelon has been reported from shoot tip culture, leaf, hypocotyl, and cotyledons. Hence, the objective of this study was to evaluate in vitro plant regeneration from axillary buds of triploid watermelon. Axillary buds explants were prepared from shoot of commercial cultivar in field of 60 old day plants. Explants of 2 to 3 mm were incubated 2 weeks on Murashige and Skoog (MS) shoot regeneration medium containing 2.5 mg/L kinetin (KT) or indole-3-butyric acid (IBA), or gibberellic acid (GA3), followed by 3 weeks on shoot elongation medium supplemented with different combinations of the same phytohormones. The percentage of explants (83% to 90%) that produced shoots, expansion in size of explant (0.81–1 cm) and shoot length (6 mm) were highest in MS medium containing KT or IBA. In the shoot elongation step, shoot length (0.9–1 cm) and leaves number (6–7) were highest in MS medium supplemented with 2.5 mg/L of KT or GA3 and 0.2 mg/L IBA, but the better induction of roots in elongated shoot occurred on MS medium with 2.5 mg/L KT and 0.2 mg/L IBA. The results show that axillary buds from watermelon is an alternative for the micropropagation of this crop.

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Wenhao Dai, Cielo Castillo, and Victoria Magnusson

In vitro shoot cultures for two birch species, Asian white birch (Betula platyphylla) and paper birch (Betula papyrifera), were initiated from shoot tips of mature trees and maintained in MS (Murashige and Skoog) medium containing 3% sucrose and 5–10 μM (micromolar) benzyladenine (BA). The effect of such factors as genotype, basal medium, and plant growth regulator (PGR) on proliferation was investigated. Shoots were proliferated in both MS and woody plant medium (WPM) supplemented with different concentrations of thidiazuron (TDZ), BA, and kinetin (Kin). Two birch species responded differently to these factors. In general, more shoots were proliferated in WPM than in MS medium. The maximum proliferation rate of Asian white birch was achieved by being cultured in WPM containing 4–8 μM TDZ, while paper birch gave rise to the maximum proliferation rate in WPM supplemented with 20 μM BA. Interactions between genotype and medium or cytokinin were found. Shoots produced on media with TDZ had thick stems and small, dark green leaves. Microshoots can be rooted both in vitro and ex vitro with or without IBA treatment. Plants were regenerated from leaf tissues of Asian white birch. Adventitious shoots regenerated when in vitro leaves were cultured on WPM supplemented with 10–20 μM BA with 2-week dark treatment. The effect of genotype, PGR, and culture condition on in vitro regeneration of birch species is being tested.

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Agustin Huerta and Ramon Dolcet-Sanjuan

Adventitious shoots and viable plants were regenerated from bell pepper (Capsicum annuum L.) cultivars and dihaploid lines (DHLs) obtained from F1 hybrids via androgenesis (Dolcet-Sanjuan et al., in press). Hypocotil and cotyledon sections from in vitro-germinated seeds were used as explants. A modified MS medium (Murashige and Skoog, 1962) supplemented with IAA (0 to 3.2 μM) and BAP (0 to 100 μM) was used in a 3-week-long shoot primordia induction phase. Shoot elongation was best performed in the same basal medium, but supplemented with silver thiosulfate and GA3. Shoots were regenerated from eight selected DHLs (`C213', `C215', `C218', `C2123', `C2125', `C3111', `C3113', and `P493') and two cultivars (`Padrón' and `Yolo Wonder'). The percentage of cotyledon sections with shoot primordia after the induction phase was not genotype-dependent and always higher than with hypocotil sections (93.4% and 17.9%, respectively). The number of shoot primordia per responsive cotyledon section was also higher than with hypocotil sections (3.3 and 1.7, respectively). The genotype had a significant effect on the number of shoots regenerated per responsive cotyledon (1.1 to 5.5) or hypocotil (0.5 to 3.5) section. All adventitiously regenerated plants were fertile. This adventitious shoot regeneration protocol is being used to obtain transgenic plants from sweet bell pepper genotypes.

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Ramana M. Gosukonda, C.S. Prakash, and Ananta Porobo Dessai

Studies were conducted to improve adventitious shoot regeneration in sweetpotato [Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam.], specifically to extend the protocol to many genotypes and to elicit production of multiple shoots per explant. The use of a two-stage procedure where excised petioles were incubated on Murashige and Skoog (MS) (1962) medium with 2,4-D (0.2 mg·liter–1) for 3 days and transferred to a second medium containing MS salts with thidiazuron and 2iP (0.05 mg·liter–1 each) resulted in shoot regeneration from eight of 13 genotypes tested, including elite sweetpotato cultivars such as `Jewel' and `Rojoblanco'. PI 318846-3 was the most regenerable genotype, with up to 77% of explants producing one to three shoots per explant. The orientation of the petiole on the nutrient medium was critical; those placed vertically inverted developed multiple shoots. Wounding explants through epidermal peeling with normal horizontal orientation of the explants during incubation also resulted in multiple shoot production (about three shoots per explant). Interference with auxin transport due to explant inversion or wounding may have stimulated increased shoot induction. Chemical names used: 2,4 dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D); N-phenyl-N′-1,2,3-thiadiazol-5-ylurea (thidiazuron); N 6-(2-isopentenyl) adenine (2iP).

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David C. Zlesak*, Corinne M. Radatz, and Neil O. Anderson

Haploid (2x) roses derived from modern tetraploid breeding lines would allow for crosses to diploid species at the diploid level. In addition, inheritance studies are easier at the diploid level, using diploids derived from tetraploids possessing economically important traits. Haploidization of 4x roses through anther culture has not been successful due to challenges in callus induction and shoot regeneration. This study investigates rose anther responses to recently reported methods that optimize in vitro adventitious shoot regeneration in rose leaves. Anthers of three cultivars (Akito, Grand Gala, and Orlando) were put in a two-step callus induction (CI) and shoot regeneration procedure with varying CI factors. Experiment one (E1) compared continuous light/dark and silver nitrate (0,30,60 mg·L-1) and experiment two (E2) used the optimal E1 treatment comparing two and four weeks on CI media. Twenty-five anthers per treatment per cultivar were used in E1 and n = 100 for E2. Although no adventitious shoots were generated, callus formed on anther tissue and frequency of formation was variable across treatments. Continuous light resulted in 100% lethality. Darkness and silver nitrate (30 or 60 μm) favored callus generation and significant differences for callus generation were found among cultivars. Darkness and 30 μm silver nitrate were used in E2. Two and four weeks on initiation media were not significantly different for generation of anther-derived callus. Identification of factors which optimize callus formation on rose anthers is a positive step toward reliably generating rose haploids.