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Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences
Year: 2003  |  Volume: 6  |  Issue: 18  |  Page No.: 1591 - 1592

Rapid Clonal Propagation of Tamarindus indica (L) Using Explants from Adult Trees

S.A. Farooq and Talat T. Farooq    

Abstract: Tamarindus indica (Tamarind) is a wild tropical tree species, over exploited commercially in third world countries but remains unimproved and neglected. Tissue culture has the potential to propagate elite genotypes of trees. Micropropagation of Tamarindus indica was achieved through adventitious shoots or axillary bud proliferation from nodes of adult trees (10-15 years old) on MS medium with BA, Kin. Proliferation of shoots continued on the medium with reduced levels of growth regulators and vitamins. Rooting was obtained with IBA. Nodal explants from young shoots responded better in comparison with the explants from mature shoots in the early stages of establishment of cultures and rooting of shoots.

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