ASPECTS AND PROSPECTS OF SOMATIC EMBRYOGENESIS IN MUSA, ABB, CV. BLUGGOE
Although the apparent shoot apical region showed definite greening, no further leaf development was noticed. On the otherhand, proembryoids, obtained from MS liquid medium containing 2,4,5-T (1.25 mg/1) regenerated bipolar embryoids when transferred to fresh medium with NAA (0.02 mg/1) and BA (0.25 to 2.5 mg/1). The somatic embryos when compared histologically showed some resemblance with their zygotic counterparts. In both cases distinct bipolarity has been noticed where the shoot and the root primordia form a hook-like embryonal axis which is a characteristic feature of the members of Musaceae.