Synergistic effect of benzylaminopurine for micropropagation of gerbera ‘Pink Melody’

Gerbera (Gerbera jamesonii Bolus ex Hook. F.; Asteraceae), is one of the most economically important ornamental plants due to its aesthetic value. The present study establishes a micropropagation method for the large-scale production of quality planting material of gerbera ‘Pink Melody’.

Eighty-six percent of the capitulum explants produced adventitious shoots (15.44 ± 0.34 shoots per capitulum) on Murashige and Skoogs (MS) medium containing 2 mg L−1 6-benzylaminopurine (BAP) after six weeks of incubation. The highest shoot multiplication rate (17 shoots per explant) was obtained on MS medium supplemented with BAP and meta-Topolin (each at 2 mg L−1) after eight weeks.

The micro-shoots were successfully rooted (91.35%) on half-strength MS medium containing 2 mg L−1 indole-3-butyric acid (IBA) within four weeks. The micropropagated plantlets were acclimatized with a 97.5% survival rate and produced flowers with no visible morphological aberrations.

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Shaheen, Aaqib & Dewir, Yaser & Kher, Mafatlal & Khan, Majid & El-Banna, Antar & Alaizari, Ahmed. (2022). Synergistic effect of benzylaminopurine and meta-Topolin combination for micropropagation of gerbera ‘Pink Melody’. Ciência e Agrotecnologia. 46. 10.1590/1413-7054202246017521. 

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