CRYOPRESERVATION OF AN AZALEA GERMPLASM COLLECTION

J. Van Huylenbroeck, E. Calsyn
Belgium (Flanders’ region) is the world’s leading country for the production of pot azaleas. The largest in vivo germplasm of Rhododendron simsii is collected at the Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO). This collection is not only important for research and plant breeders, but also represents a substantial part of Flanders’ horticultural history and cultural heritage. Recently, it was decided to cryopreserve the most valuable accessions of this collection, as backup system to safeguard this cultural heritage. Of the 65 accessions, 61 could be initiated in vitro and 13 are already successfully cryopreserved.
Van Huylenbroeck, J. and Calsyn, E. (2011). CRYOPRESERVATION OF AN AZALEA GERMPLASM COLLECTION . Acta Hortic. 908, 489-493
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2011.908.63
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2011.908.63
cryopreservation, droplet vitrification, encapsulation-dehydration, Rhododendron
English

Acta Horticulturae