BACKGROUND: Gesneriaceae family contains numerous species endemic to China, and many of them are listed as endangered species. There is a need for a simple and efficient method for long term conservation of these species. OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to establish an efficient
procedure for cryopreserving Paraisometrum mileense, a critically endangered species endemic to Yunnan, China. METHODS: Effects of sucrose concentration of preculture solution, duration of sucrose preculture, duration of plant vitrification solution 2 (PVS2) treatment, and cold
acclimation on regeneration of cryopreserved adventitious shoot tips (ASTs) were assessed. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: Among different sucrose preculture regimes tested, preculture with 0.3M sucrose for 24h resulted in best regeneration of cryopreserved ASTs. PVS2 treatment also affected
regeneration considerably with the maximum survival of ASTs after incubation in PVS2 for 90 min at 0°C. With the optimised parameters, the level of shoot regeneration from cryopreserved ASTs reached 86%. No morphological abnormalities were observed during one year's growth of the plantlets
developing from cryopreserved ASTs. Procedure established in this research is a promising technique for the cryopreservation of ASTs of this species.
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January 1, 2014
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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
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