Micropropagation of iridaceae-a review

Glendon D. Ascough, John E. Erwin, Johannes Van Staden

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The Iridaceae contains many hundreds of attractive species that have been overlooked for horticultural development. The incredible variation in flower and leaf shape, size and colour suggest this little-tapped resource could offer great opportunities for developing new commercial ornamental products. Micropropagation has increasingly become a valuable tool assisting breeders to release new species and cultivars into the market more rapidly. Here we review the progress made in Iridaceae micropropagation genus by genus, and highlight the potential for future expansion in this field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalPlant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2009

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Funding Information:
Acknowledgements We are grateful to the Claude Leon Foundation, University of KwaZulu-Natal, National Research Foundation (Pretoria), University of Minnesota Agriculture Experiment Station and the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Foundation for generous financial assistance.


  • Crocus
  • Freesia
  • Gladiolus
  • Iris
  • Polyploidy
  • Sparaxis
  • Storage organs
  • Transformation


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