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Biotechnology of Zingiber montanum (Koenig) Link ex A. Dietr.: A review

Sanatombi, Rajkumari, Sanatombi, K.
Journal of applied research on medicinal and aromatic plants 2017 v.4 pp. 1-4
Zingiber montanum, applied research, breeding programs, essential oil crops, gene pool, genetic engineering, genetic relationships, genomics, ginger, medicinal plants, micropropagation, molecular biology, phylogeny, secondary metabolites, tissue culture
The present article reviews the biotechnological research in Zingiber montanum (Koenig) Link ex A. Dietr. (cassumunar ginger). Studies on biotechnological interventions in this plant were focused mainly on the application of tissue culture techniques. Recently, attentions are being drawn towards the genomic studies which mostly aimed at establishing the genetic relationship of different gene pools. The present review summarizes the various aspects of tissue culture protocol for in vitro micropropagation, in vitro microrhizome induction, in vitro conservation technology and molecular biology studies of this medicinal plant. This review will help in further research of this plant in areas related to tissue culture for propagation and increased production of important secondary metabolites, phylogenetic analysis and genetic engineering. Moreover, it will offer an insight into crop improvement and breeding programs of this important underutilized medicinal plant for improved yield and quality of secondary metabolites.