ISSN 1311-9109 Journal Content

International Symposium
on Production and Establishment of Micropropagated Plants
April 19-24, 2015,
Sanremo, Italy

Propagation of Ornamental Plants
7(1): 9-15, 2007


Pinaki Sinha1, Mohammad Lokman Hakim2, and Mohammad Firoz Alam1*

1Department of Botany, Rajshahi University, Rajshahi, Bangladesh,
*Fax: 880-721-750064, *E-mail:
2Institute of Food and Radiation Biology, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission,
Gonokbari, Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh

An efficient micropropagation protocol was developed for Phalaenopsis amabilis cv. ‘Cool Breeze’ using inflorescence axis derived protocorms through in vitro culture. The thin cross sections of a young inflorescence axes of the white cultivar of Phalaenopsis amabilis hybrid were cultured on half strength Murashige and Skoog medium supplemented with N6-benzyladenine (2.0 mg l-1), à-naphthaleneaceetic acid (0.5 mg l-1), 2% (w/v) sucrose, 10% (v/v) coconut water, 2 g l-1 peptone and 1 g l-1 activated charcoal. Each cross section produced an average of 20 protocorm-like bodies after 12 weeks. The clumps of protocorm-like bodies were cut into four pieces and subcultured on gelrite gelled half strength Murashige and Skoog medium with 2% (w/v) sucrose + 10% (v/v) coconut water + 2 g l-1 peptone + 150 mg l-1 L-glutamine + 1 g l-1 activated charcoal, where each clump fragment of the protocorm-like bodies produced an average of 240 protocorm like bodies within 8 weeks. After a further four weeks of subculture the protocorm-like bodies were found to be enlarged with leafy shoots and new protocorm-like bodies were induced from the base of the old protocorm-like bodies. Plantlet development from leafy shoots was achieved on half strength Murashige and Skoog medium supplemented with 2 g l-1 peptone, 2% (w/v) sucrose, 10% (v/v) CW and 1 g l-1 activated charcoal, where 100% explants were developed into plantlets with roots within 8 weeks. The addition of 50 g l-1 banana pulp enhanced the number and length of roots. Within the first 32 weeks after initiation of culture 960 plantlets as well as a huge amount of protocorm-like bodies were achieved from a single explant section. Repeating the subculture of protocorm-like bodies on proliferation medium and culturing leafy shoots on plantlet regeneration medium could produce 2,000,000 plantlets every 32 weeks.

Key words: Orchid, Phalaenopsis, protocorm-like bodies, regeneration

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