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Influence of carbohydrate source on Nepeta rtanjensis growth, morphogenesis, and nepetalactone production in vitro

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A wide range of sucrose, fructose, and glucose levels in culture media was tested in vitro in order to determine those that provide optimum growth, morphogenesis, and the production of secondary metabolites in Nepeta rtanjensis Diklic and Milojevic shoots. The effect of different concentrations of the carbohydrates in culture media on the internal carbohydrate status of N. rtanjensis shoots was also determined. Our results show that in vitro growth and development of N. rtanjensis, as well as nepetalactone accumulation, are significantly affected by both the type of carbohydrate and its concentration in the culture medium. Glucose proved to be the most efficient carbon and energy source.

Affiliations: 1: Institute for Biological Research “Siniša Sranković”, University of Belgrade ; 2: Center for Multidisciplinary Studies, University of Belgrade ; 3: Faculty of Biology, Institute of Botany, University of Belgrade


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