• Micropropagation of selected somaclones ofBegonia andSaintpaulia

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      Somaclonal variation ; Begonia ; Saintpaulia ; cytokinins ; auxins ; plant morphology<

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      Begoniaxelatiorplantlets which regenerated from leaf disk callus showed variations in plant morphology, number of flowers per plant, and flower size. Variations in flowering period, number of flowers per plant, and flower morphology were observed inSaintpaulia ionanthaL. plants directly regenerated from leaf disk explants. The cytokinins, benzylaminopurine and zeatin, tested in the culture medium did not affect the basic plant characteristics including flower colour which remained stable in both species. Micropropagation of selected somaclones having the desirable trait of high number of flowers per plant was stable in the MV2 and MV3 generations.

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      S Mohan Jain1

      1. Plant Production Department, University of Helsinki, Box 27, Helsinki - FIN 00014, Finland
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