Influence of Selected Antibiotics on the Tomato Regeneration in In Vitro Cultures
Generally, antimicrobial agents are frequently used in micropropagation techniques to obtain free elite clones or after genetic transformation to select putative transformants. Their successful application minimizes bacterial contamination however; they may be phytotoxic and may diversely affect the regeneration ability in plant tissue cultures. The objective of the current study was to estimate the effects of four antibiotics i.e. ampicillin, carbenicillin, cefotaxime and kanamycin on morphogenesis of three Polish tomato cultivars, cultured on MS medium with phytohormones. In this experiment the ability of tomato cotyledon explants to regenerate entire plants via indirect organogenesis was tested. Among four antibiotics tested, kanamycin was most harmful for the explants. This antibiotic, even at low doses (10-20 mg/L), inhibited tomato morphogenesis. On the other hand, the current study revealed significant influence of different concentrations of ampicillin, carbenicillin, cefotaxime on the frequency of bud formation. While the addition of cefotaxime at low concentration (100-200 mg/L) stimulated the bud formation, its increasing concentration adversely affected the organogenesis of tomato. The results clearly pointed out that carbenicillin and ampicillin at low concentrations (100-400 mg/L) were not only non-toxic, but they promoted bud regeneration. The obtained results show the crucial role not only of use of efficient antibiotics, but also of their proper doses in obtaining successful transformation and regeneration of tomato.
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