Reviewing current knowledge on olive (Olea europaea L.) adventitious root formation

Sara Porfirio, Marco D. R. Gomes da Silva, Maria J. Cabrita, Parastoo Azadi, Augusto Peixe

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Abstract

Olive (Olea europaea) is one of the most important fruit species in the Mediterranean basin, where 95% of the world's olive orchards are planted, and it has become an economically valuable crop worldwide, due to an increasing interest in olive oil for human consumption. New olive orchards are being planted outside the Mediterranean, calling for an effort to identify the genotypes best adapted to the new conditions. However, some olive cultivars remain difficult to propagate, which significantly reduces the capacity to use the full genetic diversity of the species. Improving rooting ability in cuttings from recalcitrant olive cultivars has become a critical topic, which implies fundamental research on the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and genetics of the adventitious root formation process. Besides, the existence of different rooting behaviors among olive cultivars also makes the species a candidate model plant for these studies. Olive propagation techniques evolved through time from field- or nursery-planted hardwood cuttings, to semi-hardwood cuttings in greenhouses under mist, and, more recently, to in vitro culture techniques. Nevertheless, research about adventitious root formation carried on each propagation method was mostly based on trial and error approaches. Researchers have mainly investigated different factors involved in the process of adventitious rooting by testing their effect in the rooting capacity of different cultivars, leading to a high dispersion and fragmentation of the available information. The goal of this review is to present the most relevant results achieved on adventitious root formation in olive cuttings, aiming to provide an integrated perspective of the current knowledge. (C) 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-226
Number of pages20
JournalScientia Horticulturae
Volume198
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jan 2016

Keywords

  • Adventitious rooting
  • Auxins
  • Polyamines
  • Propagation
  • Olea europaea
  • Oxidative enzymes
  • BEAN HYPOCOTYL CUTTINGS
  • CULTURED IN-VITRO
  • EASY-TO-ROOT
  • SEQUOIADENDRON-GIGANTEUM INVITRO
  • INDOLE-3-BUTYRIC ACID RESPONSE
  • ARBUSCULAR MYCORRHIZAL FUNGI
  • POLYPHENOL OXIDASE ACTIVITY
  • AUXIN-ETHYLENE INTERACTION
  • PEROXIDASE-ACTIVITY
  • STEM CUTTINGS

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