IJBST 2017 Volume 10 Issue 1

International Journal of BioSciences and Technology (IJBST) ISSN: 0974-3987

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A review on in vitro propagation of some medicinally important plant species of family Asparagaceae. Jasfeeda Qadir, Seema Singh and Zahoor A. Kaloo. IJBST (2017), 10(1):1-12




A review on in vitro propagation of some medicinally important plant species of family Asparagaceae

Authors & Affiliation:

Jasfeeda Qadir1, Seema Singh2 and Zahoor A. Kaloo3

1 Research scholar, 2 Senior Assistant Professor, 3 Professor

Plant Tissue Culture Laboratory, Department of Botany, University of Kashmir, Hazratbal, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India, 190006

jasfeedabhat5@gmail.com, seemakuni@gmail.com, zakallu@yahoo.com


Plants belonging to family Asparagaceae are known to contain a number of compounds like phenolics, steroids, triterpenes, tannins, glycosides, alkaloids, 5-hydroxymethyl-2-furaldehyde, diosgenin, saponosides, lysine, serine, aspartic acid, threonine and many more. In addition to this, they are the sources of a number of valuable products like food and fodder, oils, drinks, cosmetics, fibres for making ropes and cords, drugs etc. It has been surveyed that due to increasing awareness about the valuable products obtained from them, they are depleting at an alarming rate, leading to their unscientific harvesting, overexploitation and increasing anthropogenic pressures like deforestation, habitat loss, expanding urbanization, excessive grazing, encroachment and bioprospecting for new sources. Since conventional means of propagation take long time for multiplication, plant tissue culture provides a tremendous potential solution for the propagation of these valuable plants ultimately leading to their conservation. This review emphasizes on the in vitro propagation protocols developed for many species of the family asparagaceae for their conservation and mass propagation by using different explants and nutrient media.

Key words: Asparagaceae; valuable products; plant tissue culture; explant, nutrient medium