Plant cell protoplasts and somatic hybridization: their role in breeding for resistance to pathogens

Sarkar, S.

International Journal of Tropical Plant Diseases 18(1/2): 25-39


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The isolation and culture of protoplasts from mesophyll cells of higher plants have led to the regeneration of whole plants from single cells and to a discovery of many basic phenomena in virus-host interaction. At the same time, symmetric and asymmetric somatic hybrids were raised through fusion of protoplasts. The rapid progress in this latter field, particularly in breeding new lines of cultivated plants with resistance to viruses and other pathogens, has been broadly outlined in this short review.