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In vitro Culture of Musa balbisiana Colla Embryos


THE culture of excised embryos has been reported for many plants1, but, to our knowledge, there are no reports concerning the successful cultivation of embryos of seeded bananas. In the course of investigations on the rhizosphere of bananas, it became necessary to obtain plants of Musa balbisiana Colla, the roots of which were free of micro-organisms. The germination of intact seeds of this variety under sterile conditions was generally unsuccessful; hence, the possibility of obtaining sterile plants from excised embryos was investigated.

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COX, E., STOTZKY, G. & GOOS, R. In vitro Culture of Musa balbisiana Colla Embryos. Nature 185, 403–404 (1960).

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