Jianjun Chen

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The invasive chilli thrips, Scirtothrips dorsalis Hood poses a significant risk to many food and ornamental crops in the Caribbean, Florida and Texas. We evaluated two species of phytoseiid mites as predators of S. dorsalis. In leaf disc assays, gravid females of Neoseiulus cucumeris and Amblyseius swirskii both fed on S. dorsalis at statistically similar(More)
This work explored the potential application of an engineered biochar prepared from Mg-enriched tomato tissues to reclaim and reuse phosphate (P) from aqueous solution. Findings from batch sorption experiments suggested that, although sorption of P on the biochar was controlled by relatively slow kinetics, the maximum P sorption capacity of the biochar(More)
A simple and effective method of regenerating Syngonium podophyllum ‘Variegatum’ via direct somatic embryogenesis has been established. Leaf and petiole explants were cultured on Murashige and Skoog (MS) medium supplemented with N-(2-chloro-4-pyridyl)-N′-phenylurea (CPPU) or N-phenyl-N′-1,2,3-thiadiazol-5-ylurea (TDZ) with either α-naphthalene acetic acid(More)
One hundred tomato strains, representing widely diverse geographic areas, were evaluated in a sand-zeolite culture medium for their response to both low (0.25 mM) and adequate (1.0 mM) K levels. Three types of strains differing in K acquisition were classified: (1) efficient strains characterized by their ability to acquire K under low-K stress and with dry(More)
Plant regeneration through direct somatic embryogenesis in Aeschynanthus radicans ‘Mona Lisa’ was achieved in this study. Globular somatic embryos were formed directly from cut edges of leaf explants and cut ends or on the surface of stem explants 4 wk after culture on Murashige and Skoog (MS) medium supplemented with N-phenyl-N′-1, 2, 3-thiadiazol-5-ylurea(More)
The occurrence of somaclonal variation among regenerants derived through indirect shoot organogenesis from leaf explants of three Dieffenbachia cultivars Camouflage, Camille and Star Bright was evaluated. Three types of somaclonal variants (SV1, SV2, and SV3) were identified from regenerated plants of cv. Camouflage, one type from cv. Camille, but none from(More)
Leaf and petiole explants of monocotyledonous pothos (Epipremnum aureum) ‘Jade’ were cultured on Murashige and Skoog basal medium supplemented with N-(2-chloro-4-pyridl)-N′-phenylurea (CPPU) or N-phenyl-N′-1,2,3-thiadiazol-5-ylurea (TDZ) with α-naphthalene acetic acid (NAA). Somatic embryos appeared directly from explants after 4–8 weeks of culture; 9.1 μM(More)
A novel protocol for indirect shoot organogenesis of Dieffenbachia cv. Camouflage was established using leaf explants excised from in vitro shoot cultures. The frequency of callus formation reached 96% for explants cultured on Murashige and Skoog (1962) basal medium supplemented with 5 μM thidiazuron and 1 μM 2,4-dichlorophenozyacetic acid. The number of(More)
A field trial was conducted to evaluate the reduction of bioavailability of heavy metals including lead (Pb), zinc (Zn) and cadmium (Cd) in a soil contaminated by mining tailings in Shaoxing, Zhejiang, China. Three commercial phosphate (P) fertilizers including phosphate rock (PR), calcium magnesium phosphate (CMP), and single superphosphate (SSP) were(More)
This study established a method of regenerating Spathiphyllum ‘Supreme’ through direct somatic embryogenesis. Somatic embryos occurred in leaf and petiole explants cultured in the dark on a Murashige and Skoog basal medium supplemented with 2.27, 4.54, or 9.08 μM N-phenyl-N′-1,2,3-thiadiazol-5-ylurea (TDZ) in combination with 1.08 μM α-naphthalene acetic(More)