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Free Content Cryopreservation of Shoot Tips and Cotyledons of the North American Ginseng (Panax Quinquefolius L.)

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North American ginseng (NAG) (Panax quinqueolius L. ) is a medicinal plant in high demand due to its health benefits. Cryopreservation is a good alternative for long-term conservation of NAG germplasm. Pretreatments of shoot tips (0.8-1 mm) and cotyledons (1-2 mm) on sucrose and abscisic acid (ABA) enriched medium were tested to determine the effects on regrowth following cryopreservation in liquid nitrogen. The maximum regrowth (60%) following PVS2 vitrification occurred with shoot tips after three weeks of cold acclimation and pretreatment on sucrose (0.3 M) or a combination of ABA (0.1 M) and sucrose in the 3rd week. Cotyledon recovery was best with the combination pretreatment. Shoot tips showed normal development and cotyledons produced embryogenic callus after the cryopreservation process. This is the first report on cryopreservation of shoot tips and cotyledons of Panax species. This cryopreservation protocol provides a safe long-term storage method for important NAG selections and makes it possible to use cryopreservation for improving the security of NAG germplasm.


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2011

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  • CryoLetters is a bimonthly international journal for low temperature sciences, including cryobiology, cryopreservation or vitrification of cells and tissues, chemical and physical aspects of freezing and drying, and studies involving ecology of cold environments, and cold adaptation

    The journal publishes original research reports, authoritative reviews, technical developments and commissioned book reviews of studies of the effects produced by low temperatures on a wide variety of scientific and technical processes, or those involving low temperature techniques in the investigation of physical, chemical, biological and ecological problems.

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