GERMPLASM AND ITS CONSERVATION BY: PRIYA KUMARI. Plant tissue culture techniques and genetic engineering provide a new approach to plant breeding. These developments have also affected the applications and needs of plant germplasm conservation, these can be categorised into several main areas: The conservation of important. The very objective of germplasm conservation (or storage) is to preserve the genetic diversity of a particular plant or genetic stock for its use at any time in future.


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Despite these optimistic developments using plants tissues, much research is needed to bring the level of development of cryopreservation techniques for plant materials to germplasm storage available for microbial systems and animal semen and embryos.


Many technical barriers remain that prevent the germplasm storage use of cryopreservation for plant meristems, pollen, and plant cell cultures.

No conservation collection or germplasm banks are yet using germplasm storage for non-seed germplasm germplasm storage, although several are involved in cryopreservation research.

Collecting Germplasm In Vitro The laboratory facilities required for in vitro culture normally include a sterilizer, a laminar flow hood to provide a clean, sterile Page Share Cite Suggested Citation: Some success has been claimed for collecting material in the field directly in vitro.

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The level of sophistication ranges from using a fully equipped local laboratory, for transfer of germplasm storage material as soon as possible, to working in the field in a portable glove box or on a clean table with a simple box-like cover to exclude contamination.

Following surface sterilization, explants are removed and either inoculated to sterile culture media in the field or held in sterile buffer for later inoculation in the laboratory Sossou et al.

A cruder alternative is to sterilize tissue germplasm storage with nontoxic agents and inoculate them to media germplasm storage antibiotics and fungicides. Although there is some potential for using in vitro collection for vegetatively propagated crops and those with short-lived seeds, there are serious implications for plant quarantine since the collected explants may carry pests or pathogens that might well be detected or excluded in material cultured by more rigorous methods.


In Vitro Exchange of Germplasm During the past 20 years, advances in tissue culture technology have led to the development of commercial micropropagation, a relatively new industry that supplies young germplasm storage for a variety of horticultural, agronomic, and plantation crops Constantine, One consequence has been the rapid development of in vitro exchange as a means of transferring germplasm between different laboratories.

An International Board for Plant Genetic Resources data base assembled by a survey Withers and Wheelans, indicated that some plant genera were exchange from to Some germplasm storage percent of more than attempts were successful.

The same data show that 49 countries attempted international exchanges.

Several of the international agriculture research centers germplasm storage distribute in vitro cultures. For example, the distribution of potato germplasm in this form is now a routine procedure. Shoot cultures, which are inoculated into small tubes of semisolid medium, are cultured for 2 to 3 weeks to induce rooting and reveal any microbial contamination.

Transfer to fresh culture germplasm storage for a passage before potting enhanced survival.

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In the Centro Internacional de la Papa International Potato Center exported 2, culture tubes to more germplasm storage 30 countries.

In that year more germplasm storage 88 percent of certified-pathogen free material was distributed as cultures rather than as field-grown tubes Huaman, These are more robust than plantlets. They germplasm storage be stored in the dark for more than 4 months, and the recipient can plant them directly into pots or nursery beds without a further culture step.

In modern potato breeding programs, in vitro cultures provide a disease-free reference collection during the years of field testing needed to select the most desirable clones.

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IITA also imports sweet potato, cassava, yam, and cocoyam as in vitro cultures and is testing germplasm storage vitro tubers of yam as a more convenient material for germplasm exchange Ng, Pictured are haploid barley plants recovered from anther germplasm storage.

Used to create diploids, they greatly accelerate the production of true breeding lines. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Page Share Cite Suggested Citation: The two principal methods for conserving animals germplasm in vitro are as frozen semen and embryos. To recover the germplasm, both methods require the germplasm storage of female germplasm storage for either insemination or implantation.

However, embryos have an advantage over semen because they provide the complete genotype. In some domestic species embryos for transfer germplasm storage cryopreservation are generally collected from animals that have received hormonal treatment to induce an excess of eggs for insemination superovulation.

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The germplasm storage embryos are evaluated for their potential to produce a pregnancy or to withstand freezing. Embryos from cattle, sheep, goats, and horses have all been frozen in liquid nitrogen, thawed, germplasm storage successfully implanted.

Similar success has not been achieved for swine embryos.