Micropropagation of eucalyptus.
Research since 1982 carried out by the Centre for Agricultural and Forestry Research, Italy, into Eucalyptus × trabutii (a natural hybrid in Italy of E. camaldulensis and E. botryoides) - and later extended to other species such as E. viminalis, E. gunnii and E. grandis - is reviewed. Axial budding from nodes was chosen as the preferred technique, to prevent the risk of in vitro mutation. Techniques developed are described. There are no plans at present to use micropropagation for large scale clonal propagation, because of the high costs. Somatic embryogenesis may, in time, reduce costs of micropropagation.