Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date

1975

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Biology

Abstract

Preservation of our native prairie has long been neglected while extensive farming practices have reduced the native prairie to isolated areas of untillable land. These diminishing acres of prairie (Jenkins 1971, Tinker 1971) are our remaining link with the stable environment after man has disrupted the landscape to his advantage. The objective of this investigation was to produce plantlets of selected native prairie plants by leaf tissue culture and to eventually establish them in the field. In doing this it was necessary to study the characteristic of each species in both culture and field behavior. Twenty species were selected for study in the investigation (Table 1). Special attention in is given to he value of this technique for propagation of rare and endangered species and unique phenotypes that may prove valuable in maintaining a broad genetic base for future use.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Plant propagation

Plant tissue culture

Prairies

Format

application/pdf

Number of Pages

52

Publisher

South Dakota State University

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