Development and application of photoautotrophic micropropagation plant system Academic Article uri icon


  • Research has revealed that most chlorophyllous explants/plants in vitro have the ability to grow photoautotrophically (without sugar in the culture medium), and that the low or negative net photosynthetic rate of plants in vitro is not due to poor photosynthetic ability, but to the low CO2 concentration in the air-tight culture vessel during the photoperiod. Moreover, numerous studies have been conducted on improving the in vitro environment and investigating its effects on growth and development of cultures/plantlets on nearly 50 species since the concept of photoautotrophic micropropagation was developed more than two decades ago. These studies indicate that the photoautotrophic growth in vitro of many plant species can be significantly promoted by increasing the CO2 concentration and light intensity in the vessel, by decreasing the relative humidity in the vessel, and by using a fibrous or porous supporting material with high air porosity instead of gelling agents such as agar. This paper reviews the development and characteristics of photoautotrophic micropropagation systems and the effects of environmental conditions on the growth and development of the plantlets. The commercial applications and the perspective of photoautotrophic micropropagation systems are discussed. 2010 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

published proceedings

  • Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture (PCTOC)

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Xiao, Y., Niu, G., & Kozai, T.

citation count

  • 135

complete list of authors

  • Xiao, Yulan||Niu, Genhua||Kozai, Toyoki

publication date

  • May 2011