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Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences
  Year: 2003 | Volume: 6 | Issue: 4 | Page No.: 336-340
DOI: 10.3923/pjbs.2003.336.340
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Cost Effective Micropropagation Technology for Potatoes

Azhar Hussain Shah, Safdar Hussain Shah, Zahoor A. Swati and Zahid Hussain

Ispaghol (Plantago ovata) husk was evaluated as a gelling agent for their performance in solidification of media for in vitro micropropagation/production of virus free potatoes (Solanum tuberosum L.). The objective of this study was to find a cheaper substitute for agar. After pilot study 12 gl-1 ispaghol was selected as suitable concentration for micropropagation. The data were recorded for growth parameters i.e. number of roots and number of nodes per plantlet, shoot length and relative growth rates. The results revealed that the performance of “Ispaghol gelled media” was excellently at par with agar solidified media. Cost of “Ispaghol” per plantlet was found to be 54 times lower than agar grown plantlets. It was concluded that ispaghol husk might emerge as a cheaper alternative for agar that could lead to substantial reduction in cost of production per potato plantlet.
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Azhar Hussain Shah, Safdar Hussain Shah, Zahoor A. Swati and Zahid Hussain, 2003. Cost Effective Micropropagation Technology for Potatoes. Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences, 6: 336-340.

DOI: 10.3923/pjbs.2003.336.340






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