International Journal of
Biotechnology and Molecular Biology Research

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Biotechnol. Mol. Biol. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2154
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJBMBR
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 100

Full Length Research Paper

Micropropagation of Allanblackia stuhlmannii: Amenability to tissue culture technique

Johnstone Neondo1*, Joseph Machua2, Anne Muigai1, Aggrey B. Nyende1, Moses Munjuga3, Ramni Jamnadass3 and Alice Muchugi3
1Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, P.O. Box 62000-00200, Nairobi, Kenya. 2Kenya Forestry Research Institute, P. O. Box 20412-00200, Nairobi, Kenya. 3World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), P. O. Box 30677-00100, Nairobi, Kenya.
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  •  Accepted: 22 November 2011
  •  Published: 30 November 2011


Allanblackia stuhlmannii is an endangered forest tree valued for its edible nut oil. Its limited regenerative potential in the wild hinders the sustainable utilization of its products. To achieve mass production of A. stuhlmannii, its amenability to micropropagation technique was examined. Explants were best surface sterilized at 8% sodium hypochlorite for 10 min and rinsed using sterile distilled water. Of eight basal nutrient media tested, Lloyd and McCown Woody plant medium (WPM) was the most suitable (88.89% explants survival). Microshoots were induced from apical meristems cultured on WPM supplemented with different concentrations of 6-benzyladenine (BAP), kinetin (KN), Dichlorophenoacetic acid (2, 4 - D), Naphthalene acetic acid (NAA) and Thidiazuron (TDZ), (P < 0.05). All responding explants produced a single microshoot irrespective of the type and concentration of PGRs used. 1.2 mg/lBAP and 1.2 mg/lKIN exhibited the most rapid and consistent shoot length increase (P < 0.05). Prolonged culture or sub culturing did not promote further shoot proliferation. Callus was induced from leaf explants cultured on WPM fortified with Gamborg’s vitamins, 3% sucrose, 1 mg/lKIN combined with 1.2 mg/l 2, 4 - D. No somatic embryos emerged from the callus. The success in explant sterilization and induction of microshoot and callus in this study is a milestone step in the regeneration of A. stuhlmannii.

Key words: Sterilization, media plant growth regulators, shoot proliferation, callus induction.