Micropropagation of Cavendish Banana in Taiwan

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This paper discusses the micropropagation of banana plantlets in Taiwan. The main purpose is to produce healthy plants that are free of virus diseases, particularly banana bunchy top and banana mosaic. The plantlets also have the advantages that they are more uniform than suckers, and the adult plants can be harvested over a shorter period. The paper describes the protocol of micropropagation, and also the protocol used for virus indexing of mother plants and a random sample of tissue culture plantlets.

S.W. Lee
Taiwan Banana Research Institute