<i>In vitro</i> Conservation and Cryopreservation of <i>Nandina domestica</i>, an Outdoor Ornamental Shrub

  • Aylin OZUDOGRU CNR/IVALSA, Trees and Timber Institute, Sesto Fiorentino (FI), Italy
  • Diogo Pedrosa Corrêa da SILVA UFLA, Universidade Federal da Lavras, Fisiologia Vegetal, Lab. Cultura da Tecidos de Plantas, 37300-000 Lavras
  • Ergun KAYA GYTE, Gebze Institute of Technology, Faculty of Science, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Istanbul caddesi n° 101, 41400, Gebze (Kocaeli)
  • Giuliano DRADI Vivai Piante Battistini Società Agricola, 47023 Martorano di Cesena (Forlì-Cesena)
  • Renato PAIVA UFLA, Universidade Federal da Lavras, Fisiologia Vegetal, Lab. Cultura da Tecidos de Plantas, 37300-000 Lavras
  • Maurizio LAMBARDI CNR-IVALSA, Trees and Timber Institute, via Madonna del Piano 10, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (Firenze)


The study focused on an economically-important ornamental outdoor shrub, Nandina domestica, with the aims to (i) optimize an effective in vitro conservation method, and (ii) develop a cryopreservation protocol for shoot tips by the PVS2 vitrification and droplet-vitrification techniques. For in vitro conservation of shoot cultures, the tested parameters were sucrose content in the storage medium (30, 45, 60 g/L) and storage temperature (4 °C or 8 °C). Cryopreservation was performed by applying the PVS2 vitrification solution, in 2-ml cryovials or in drops over aluminum foil strips, for 15, 30, 60 or 90 min at 0 °C, followed by the direct immersion in liquid nitrogen of shoot tips. Results show that N. domestica shoots can be conserved successfully for 6 months at both the temperatures tested, especially when 60 g/L sucrose is used in the storage medium. However, conservation at 4 °C showed to be more appropriate, as hyperhydricity was observed in post-conservation of shoots coming from storage at 8 °C. As for cryopreservation, a daily gradual increase of sucrose concentration (from 0.25 to 1.0 M) produced better protection to the samples that were stored in liquid nitrogen. Indeed, with this sucrose treatment method, a 30-min PVS2 incubation time was enough to produce, 60 days after thawing, the best recovery (47% and 50%) of shoot tips, cryopreserved with PVS2 vitrification and droplet-vitrification, respectively.
How to Cite
OZUDOGRU, A., da SILVA, D. P. C., KAYA, E., DRADI, G., PAIVA, R., & LAMBARDI, M. (2013). <i>In vitro</i> Conservation and Cryopreservation of <i>Nandina domestica</i&gt;, an Outdoor Ornamental Shrub. Notulae Botanicae Horti Agrobotanici Cluj-Napoca, 41(2), 638-645. https://doi.org/10.15835/nbha4129335
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