Microbes intimately associated with tissue and cell cultures of tropical Dioscorea yams

@article{Mantell2004MicrobesIA,
  title={Microbes intimately associated with tissue and cell cultures of tropical Dioscorea yams},
  author={Sinclair H. Mantell},
  journal={Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture},
  year={2004},
  volume={52},
  pages={47-52}
}
The true yams belong to the monocotyledonous genus Dioscorea containing 600 species, many of which are of economic significance in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world as food or as sources of the steroid precursor diosgenin. Selected cultivars have been vegetatively propagated over centuries and, as a consequence, systemic pathogens such as viruses, bacteria and fungi have accumulated. When cultured in vitro from nodal segment and shoot tip explants of vigorously growing vines… CONTINUE READING