Phenotypic variation during micropropagation of the chimeralRhododendron ‘President Roosevelt’
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The putative periclinal chimera Rhododendron x limbatum 'President Roosevelt' was used to study the origin of shoots in vitro. Genotypic segregation readily occurred in vitro. Numerous phenotypes were observed, although most shoots were either entirely green or maintained the original variegation pattern. Derivatives of the third apical layer were rarely involved in shoot formation. A reversed chimeral form was isolated. Adventitious shoots were usually miniaturized and rapidly proliferating, but axillary shoots had thicker stems, larger leaves and proliferated more slowly. Corolla tissue produced stunted, leafy shoots; no variegated shoots were produced from floret explants. In shoot tip cultures the addition of 40 μM 2iP without IBA resulted in the greatest number of shoots. Explant choice was the most critical factor for maintenance of foliar variegation. © 1990 Kluwer Academic Publishers.
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Pogany, M. F., & Lineberger, R. D.