awardBuharaDr Buhara Yücessan, from Abant Izzet Baysal University, Turkey, was awarded for his recent studies about an efficient in vitro regeneration system and synthetic seed production in stevia.




According Dr Yücesan: "An efficient in vitro regeneration system was established in Stevia within 8 wk. Nodal explants excised from mature seedlings were surface disinfected, and placed into Murashige and Skoog medium containing different concentrations of IAA, NAA or BA. [...] Although the success of survival rate was reported as low values (60–70%) in earlier reports, our team obtained high survival rate in our regeneration system (90%). [...]
In this study, we established, for the first time, a promising technique for multiplication, conservation and storage in Stevia, however, further experiments should be taken into consideration for our understanding towards the influence of different growth regulators, characteristics genetic make-up of plant material and comparative steviosid glycoside analysis of in vitro produced plantlets and mother plants after harvesting.




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