African Journal of
Plant Science

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Plant Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0824
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPS
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 780

Full Length Research Paper

Colchicine and duration time on survival rate and micropropagation of Dionaea muscipula Ellis

Anchalee Jala
  • Anchalee Jala
  • Department of Biotechnology, Faculty of Science and Technology, Rhammasat University, Rangsit Campus, Prathumthani Province, 12120 Thailand.
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  •  Received: 11 March 2014
  •  Accepted: 30 May 2014
  •  Published: 30 June 2014


Young leaf bases and leaf blades about 0.5 cm in height of a carnivorous plant Dionaea muscipula were used as explants for determining the callus multiplication. Explants were cultured on 1/2MS medium supplemented with various concentrations of benzyladenine (BA; 0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.5, 1.0 mg/l). 1/2MS medium supplemented with 1.0 mg/l BA gave the highest average diameter of callus about 0.55 cm after culturing for nine weeks. Callus was subcultured into the same medium every three weeks four times. 1/2MS supplemented with 0.5 mg/l BA gave the highest average plant height, number of leaves, number of roots, and root length. When young shoots about 0.5 cm long treated with a combination of different concentrations (0, 5, 10, 15 and 20 mg/l) of colchicine within different incubation times (24, 48 and 72 h), the survival rate was dependent on the concentration of colchicine and incubation time. Their survival rate was the lowest, when young shoots were soaked in 20 mg/l colchicine for 72 h (70%).


Key word: Dionaea  muscipula, colchicine, incubation time, micropropagation.