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Pelargonium plants have been popular since their first introduction from South Africa to Europe at the end of the 18th century. Their ease of propagation by seeds and cuttings, ready ability to hybridise, hardiness and longevity has led to their commercial and economic importance throughout Europe and elsewhere. Within the COST 87 programme on the use of cultures in vitro for the improved production of healthy plants and their propagation, Pelargonium cultivars were used as a model plant system to test schemes for virus and bacteria elimination by meristem culture. This report records all the results of the project and includes suggestions as to the production of healthy Pelargonium plants.

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Authors: APPELGREN M, Department of Horticulture, Aas (NO);HUNTER C S, Bristol Polytechnic, Plant Sciences Group, Frenchay (GB);PALUDAN N, The Research Centre for Plant Protection, Virology Department, Lyngby (DK);REUTHER G, Forschungsanstalt Geisenheim, Institute of Biology, Division of Botany (DE);THEILER-HEDTRICH R (EDITORS), Eidg. Forschungsanstalt für Obst-, Wein- und Gartenbau, Wädenswil (CH)
Bibliographic Reference: Report: EN (1991) 127 pp.
Availability: Available from the BRIDGE Programme Office, CEC, DG XII, 200 rue de la Loi, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE)
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