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Studies were conducted to improve the establishment medium and to induce multiple shoot formation for mass production of cocoyam. The addition of 1 mg/l isopentenyladenine to the basal B5 liquid medium enhanced regeneration and plantlet establishment. Multiple shoot formation was favored by 10 mg/l benzylaminopurine in the basal medium. Furthermore, the multiplication rate could be increased and the micropropagation process enhanced when 4 week old plantlets, rather than 6 week old, were used to induce multiple shoot formation. These results confirmed earlier findings on the effects of sequential application of growth regulators on organogenesis in cocoyam cultures. The impact of these results for mass propagation of this crop is discussed.

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