Conclusion

Although documented research with tissue culture of Viscum album is limited to a small number of reports, the successful induction of callus and somatic embryos from this species allows for a discernible potential for the application of this methodology to facilitate the in vitro production of useful metabolites. Further progress in somatic embryogenesis and other advanced aspects of cell culture (e.g. protoplast culture and fusion, creation of autotetraploid lines) could lead to a significant involvement of biotechnology to the utilisation of mistletoe as a medicinal plant species.

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