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Somatic embryogenesis from immature and mature zygotic embryos ofCryptomeria japonica I: Embryogenic cell induction and its morphological characteristics


Embryogenic cells (ECs) of sugi (Cryptomeria japonica D. Don) were induced from immature and mature zygotic embryos cultured on different concentrations of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D)-containing modified Campbell and Durzan medium. The rate of induction of ECs varied depending on the stage of embryos collected. The highest percentage of induction (35%) was obtained with immature zygotic embryos collected July 18 and July 30, 1997, when 1 μM of 2,4-D was added to the induction medium. The ECs easily proliferated when subcultured in a medium of the same composition as the induction medium within 3 weeks. Morphological characteristics of nonembryogenic cells and embryogenic cells of different developmental stages were studied under an inverted fluorescence microscope.


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Ogita, S., Ishikawa, H., Kubo, T. et al. Somatic embryogenesis from immature and mature zygotic embryos ofCryptomeria japonica I: Embryogenic cell induction and its morphological characteristics. J Wood Sci 45, 87–91 (1999).

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Key words

  • Cryptomeria japonica
  • Zygotic embryo
  • Embryogenic cell
  • Somatic embryogenesis