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Minerva Biotecnologica 2015 June;27(2):107-16

Copyright © 2015 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Vanilla planifolia: an economically important orchid and its propagation

Tan B. C., Chin C. F.

School of Biosciences, Faculty of Science, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, Semenyih, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia


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Vanilla planifolia is an economically important orchid that has been cultivated for its flavoring pods. Though it is propagated using stem cuttings, this method is labour-intensive, time consuming and not economically viable. With the increasing demand for Vanilla vines, there is a need to search for an alternative way to mass produce this plant species. In recent years, the propagation using tissue culture techniques has shown advantages compared with conventional methods. Therefore, we endeavour to provide an update on the recent propagation aspect of V. planifolia.

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