Production of artificial seed/planting material for extreme habitats, with Salix as a model example


The project aims at developing a technological procedure for the production of artificial seed/planting material that is adapted to extreme habitat conditions. As a model plant, we selected the willow, occurring as autochthonous in the High Alps, because, by its highly ramified root system, it is able to quickly penetrate the soil in extreme habitats and thus provide an effective erosion protection. Well-suited species/hybrids will be selected and established in vitro. The in vitro multiplication facilitates the provision of sufficient plant material (vegetative plant parts, somatic embryos through embryogenesis) for the production of the artificial seed/planting material. For their protection, the selected explantates must be encapsulated. The selection of the encapsulating material and the composition of the capsule (artificial endosperm and seed shell) will be fine-tuned and optimised according to the explantate form (somatic embryones, natural embryones). Different formulations of the artificially bred seed/planting material will be tested with respect to germinating ability in climate chambers under simulated out-door conditions.


Principal Investigators
Zander, Matthias Dr. agr. (Details) (Plant Breeding Technology and Arboriculture)

Duration of Project
Start date: 11/2004
End date: 10/2007

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