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Regeneration of Cassava Plants from Apical Meristems,
NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF CANADA SASKATOON (SASKATCHEWAN) PRAIRIE REGIONAL LAB
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Apical meristem culture offers a rapid, efficient method for vegetative propagation of plants and for eliminating systemic viral infections. Since the first demonstration that virus-free dahlia plants could be regenerated from virus-infected plants by culturing apical meristems, this technique has been utilised to eliminate viruses from a wide range of plant species. Cassave Manihot utilissima Pohl. belonging to the family Euphorbiaceae is propagated vegetatively from stem cuttings. The crop is grown in Latin America, Africa, India, Java and Madagascar where the storage roots are used widely for human consumption. Propagation through stem cuttings encourages the spread of many virus diseases, such as cassava mosaic virus. This paper reports on procedures for regenerating cassava plants from the apical meristems.
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