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Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology
Volume 2009, Article ID 343485, 7 pages
Research Article

Induction of Tetraploids from Petiole Explants through Colchicine Treatments in Echinacea purpurea L.

1Genetic Engineering Laboratory, College of Life Sciences, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou 510642, China
2Research Center of Medicinal Plants, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou 510642, China

Received 12 February 2009; Revised 23 April 2009; Accepted 30 June 2009

Academic Editor: Rodomiro Ortiz

Copyright © 2009 Dahanayake Nilanthi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Petiole explants were obtained from in vitro grown diploid ( ) Echinacea purpurea plantlets. Shoots were regenerated by culturing the explants on MS basal medium containing 0.3 mg/L benzyladenine (BA), 0.01 mg/L naphthaleneacetic acid (NAA) and four concentrations (30, 60, 120, and 240 mg/L) of colchicine for 30 days, or 120 mg/L of colchicine for various durations (7, 14, 21, and 28 days). The regenerated shoots were induced to root on MS basal medium with 0.01 mg/L NAA, and then the root-tips of the regenerated shoots were sampled for count of chromosome number. It was found that a treatment duration of >7 days was necessary for induction of tetraploid ( ) shoots, and treatment with 120 mg/L colchicine for 28 days was the most efficient for induction of tetraploids, yielding 23.5% of tetraploids among all the regenerated shoots. Chimeras were observed in almost all the treatments. However, the ratio of tetraploid to diploid cells in a chimeric plant was usually low. In comparison with diploid plants, tetraploid plants in vitro had larger stomata and thicker roots with more root branches, and had prominently shorter inflorescence stalk when mature.