PROGRESS IN DATE PALM IN VITRO MULTIPLICATION IN NIGERIA
Nigeria has a national date palm development programme geared towards improving the standard of living for rural farmers. It is also to gradually transform the nation from importing large quantities of date fruits to one of near self sufficiency in date production. An important part of the programme is the production of planting materials to meet farmers demand both in numbers and high quality. Three different methods of micro-propagation have been used: indirect somatic embryogenesis and direct somatic embryogenesis and organogenesis. Indirect somatic embryogenesis has been the more successful. With this method, planting materials have been produced and transferred to the field for testing. The direct somatic embryogenesis and organogenesis methods have so far not been as successful. Results obtained were influenced by such factors as the type explants, culture media, growth regulators and other environmental factors. The experiments on the provision of large number of planting materials are continuing.
Eke, C.R., Emoghene , B. and Asemota, O. 2013. PROGRESS IN DATE PALM IN VITRO MULTIPLICATION IN NIGERIA. Acta Hort. (ISHS) 994:295-302
indirect somatic embryogenesis, organogenesis, growth regulators