Ultraviolet Radiation Increases Nicotine Production in Nicotiana Callus Cultures

Robert Kartusch, Bettina Mittendorfer

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The effect of chronic UV-A and B irradiation with low intensity on growth and nicotine production was investigated in pith tissue callus cultures of Nicotiana tabacum L. Growth was not influenced by visible light, UV-A or UV-B under the irradiation conditions used. Nicotine production was suppressed by visible light. Within a certain dose range, UV-A stimulated nicotine production. UV-B showed no effect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)110-114
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Plant Physiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990


  • 2,4 D
  • 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid
  • BAP
  • NAA
  • Near UV
  • UV-A
  • UV-B
  • benzylaminopurine
  • dry weight
  • dw
  • naphthalene-acetic acid
  • nicotine production
  • tissue culture
  • tobacco
  • ultraviolet radiation between 280 – 320 nm
  • ultraviolet radiation between 320 – 400 nm


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