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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 50

The Use of Shoot Tip Culture in Foundation Plant Materials Service Programs

D.A. Golino, S.T. Sim, J. Bereczky and A. Rowhani

pp: 568-573


Foundation Plant Materials Service (FPMS) is a self-supporting service department in the College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis, which produces, tests, maintains, and distributes disease-tested propagating material for use by California nurseries (For additional information, see the FPMS website at At this time, FPMS is responsible for grape (Vitis), strawberry (Fragaria), fruit tree, nut tree, rose (Rosa), and sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) clean-stock programs. Since its inception, scientists working with FPMS have pioneered techniques in grapevine virus disease detection and elimination (Nyland and Goheen,1969; Alley and Golino, 2000). These are the two cornerstones of the clean stock program: the ability to determine whether target virus(es) or other pathogens are present and the ability to eliminate virus from diseased stock.

Micro-shoot tip culture is the method of choice to eliminate virus

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