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Maria Cantor

Gladiolus is one of the most popular flower crops grown in Romania. The breeding program at the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca of this species has been especially focused on the improvement of main characteristics, such as color, number and form of florets, plant height, multiplication capacity, diseases resistance, etc. A program for genetic breeding of gladiolus varieties using different genitors (Romanian and foreign cultivars) was initiated. An intraspecific crossing between cultivars has been made followed by clonal selection and vegetative multiplication of the selections. In this paper, we show 15 new gladiolus selections, which were observed and analyzed in 2004–05. The selections obtained have a great uniformity of their morphological characteristics. These selections are more vigorous, producing greater number of florets with superior quality, have new colors of flower, and are distinguished by a long blooming time. The intraspecific variability of the above-mentioned characteristics was more than low, and rarely medium, high, or very high. These data suggest fair possibilities to choose the best selections that will be proposed for testing and homologation as new cultivars. The hybrids represent a step forward in combining high qualities in gladiolus. They will contribute to improving the assortment of gladiolus for cut flowers, landscape, or as genetic material, which can be used for new crossing in order to obtain new cultivars. Scientifically, a series of findings appeared considering the combining capacity of genitors, transmission of some useful qualities, and other aspects that contribute to improve of the new varieties.

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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.