Alterations in growth of tissue-cultured tansy (Tanacetum vulgare L.) treated with antibiotics

Marjo Keskitalo, Arja Pohto, Mervi Leena Savela, Jari P.T. Valkonen, James Simon, Eija Pehu

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Effects of three antibiotics (cefotaxime, rifampicin and gentamicin) were tested on in vitro shoots cultures of tansy (Tanacetum vulgare L.). These antibiotics were selected because endophytic bacteria isolated from the in vitro shoot cultures of tansy showed that all bacteria were Gram-negative and their growth was reduced by these three antibiotics. Five isolates were Enterobacteriaceae, three were fluorescent Pseudomonas, and two were aerobic bacteria. Increased concentrations of antibiotics caused usually linear or quadratic changes on the initiation of shoot growth, shoot number, growth rate, and shoot height. These changes and changes in pH of the culture media were tansy genotype-dependent following treatments with gentamicin. Also, the treatment with rifampicin or cefotaxime showed a genotype-dependent effect, because they resulted in significantly higher percentage of rooted plants in one of the three tansy genotypes tested. The growth rate and length of shoots were reduced in the media containing both gentamicin and rifampicin, but less so than in media containing both gentamicin and cefotaxime.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)281-296
Number of pages16
JournalAnnals of Applied Biology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Agronomy and Crop Science

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