Artificial Seeds

Artificial Seeds

The seed (or zygotic seed) is the vehicle that connects one generation to another in much of the plant kingdom. By means of seed, plants are able to transmit their genetic constitution in generations and therefore seeds are the most appropriate means of propagation, storage and dispersal1. Artificial seeds have great potential for large scale production of plants at low cost as an alternative to true seeds. An artificial seed is often described as a novel analogue to true seed consisting of a somatic embryo surrounded by an artificial coat which is at most equivalent to an immature zygotic embryo, possibly at post-heart stage or early cotyledonary stage. There are various advantages of artificial seeds such as; better and clonal plants could be propagated similar to seeds; preservation of rare plant species extending biodiversity could be realized; and more consistent and synchronized harvesting of important agricultural crop would become a reality, among many other possibilities. In addition; ease of handling, potential long-term storage and low cost of production and subsequent propagation are other benefits. In sum, artificial seed technology has influenced almost every aspect of plant biotechnology and has the potential to become the most promising and viable technology for large scale production of plants.

By – HOD – -Ms. Alfia Sagheer
Department – Biotechnology
UCBMSH Magazine – (YouthRainBow)
UCBMSH WEBSITE – Uttaranchal (P.G.) College Of Bio-Medical Sciences & Hospital
UCBMSH B.ED WEBSITE – Uttaranchal College of Education

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