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Influence of formulated organic Plant tissue culture medium in the shoot regeneration study of Brassica juncea (l.) - Indian mustard
J Plant Biotechnol 2019;46:114-118
Published online June 30, 2019
© 2019 The Korean Society for Plant Biotechnology.

Suman Kashyap · Seema Tharannum · Taarini R

Department of Biotechnology, PES University, Bengaluru 560085, Karnataka, India
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Received March 18, 2019; Revised May 22, 2019; Accepted June 14, 2019.
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Efficient protocol for plant shoot regeneration of Brassica juncea L. CZERN was established by using organic media components and growth stimulating factors of the vermicompost and coelomic fluids. Formulated organic plant tissue culture media (Vermicompost (30%) extracts supplemented with 20 mL/L coelomic fluid) have shown maximum shoot regeneration when compared with the Murashige and Skoog (MS) medium, which were supplemented with 1 mg/L 6-benzyladenine (BA) and 0.1 mg/L of Naphthaleneacetic acid (NAA). Cotyledon explants produced the highest shoot regeneration frequency from four- day-old germinated seedlings in comparison with non-germinated seedlings. The vermicompost extracts have proved to be the best organic plant growth media to induce shoots from cotyledons compared to the MS media. Statistically significant difference (P = 0.008) for the root length, shoot length (P =0.000350) and the leaves (P=0.375) of the mustard plantlets were analyzed successfully. The survival rate was 98% in the mustard cotyledons on the Vermicompost extract media and 63% on MS media respectively. The coelomic fluid also is much suitable to induce shoots from cotyledons at lower concentrations. It was also shown that the vermicompost extract, which comprised of humic acids along with coelomic fluid, affected shoot regeneration from the cotyledons. An efficient and organic shoot regeneration study was standardized and it can be applicable in the improvement of the economically important crops.

Keywords : Mustard, Brassicca juncea (L.) Czern, Vermicompost extract, Coelomic fluid, formulated organic media, Plant tissue culture media

Brassica juncea L., named Indian mustard is commonly consumed as spice and oil in India. Besides edible uses, it is also been used in areas of pesticide and biodiesel development. The first cultivation of mustard was about 2500-1700 BCE during the Indus Valley Civilization. India is an important rape seed mustard producing country in the world, occupying largest area and has placed second in production. The name ‘mustard’ is derived from the Latin word “mustum”, meaning must of old wine mixed with crushed seed. It is one of the most important spices in the world (Hemingway 1976). In India, rapeseed mustard is most important source of edible oil followed by groundnut. Successful plant tissue culture, micropropagation, regeneration and transformation of several species of Brassica are reported (Cao and Earle 2003; Eapen and George 1997; Mathews et al. 1990; Wahlroos et al. 2003). Establishment of efficient shoot regeneration protocol for large scale micropropagation and genetic manipulation of Indian mustard is a necessity as genotypic differences in shoot regeneration system was evident in B. juncea (Mathews et al. 1985; Chi et al. 1990).

Earthworm compost has proven to be nutritive (with NPK) organic fertilizer and powerful ‘plant growth promoter’ when compared with the commercially available synthetic fertilizers. It has positive effects on the properties of soil, improves its natural fertility and reduces the levels of contaminants. It proves to be beneficial to the soil microbes and tends to retain the nutrients required for plant growth for a longer period (Rajiv et al. 2009).

There is also substantial evidence that earthworms significantly boost the growth rates of microbes, including actinomycetes, algae, bacteria, fungi and yeasts populations in soil. These microbes releases ‘plant growth regulators’ (PGRs) such as ‘ascorbic acids’, ‘auxins’, ‘cytokinins’, ‘gibberellins’ and ‘ethylene’ in substantial quantities which stimulates plant growth (Frankenberger, et al. 1995). Vermicompost has shown results which consistently improves germination of seeds, enhances growth and development of seedlings and also increases productivity of plant more than synthetic fertilizers or growth inducers. Tomati et al.,1988 have investigated that vemicomposts contains plant growth stimulating hormones like ‘cytokinins’, ‘gibberellins’ and ‘auxins’ which were released by the earthworms.

In this communication, the effect of vermicompost extract and coelomic fluid in the form of organic growth media was standardized as a most reliable and effective shoot regeneration protocol. The present work resulted in effective standardization of the vermicompost (30%) media with 20 mL/L of Coelomic fluid on the growth of mustard seeds in comparison to MS Media along with NAA (0.1 mg/l).

Materials and Methods

Culture Medium

For proliferation of shoots, explants (cotyledons) were cultured on Murashige and Skoog (1962) medium containing 1 mg/L BAP + 0.1 mg/L NAA, vitamins and 30 g/L sucrose. Alternatively, organic formulated plant tissue culture media was standardized using coelomic fluid (20 mL/L filter sterilized using 0.45 µm) in vermicompost extract (30%) medium to study the effects on regeneration of mustard shoots. Media is set to pH - 5.7 and solidified (9 g/L agar) media were sterilized under standard autoclave conditions (temperature at 121°C and 15 psi pressure for 20 minutes).

Extraction of Coelomic fluid

Eudgrilus eugeniae (50 grams), were subjected to chemical treatment (5% ethanol and 2.5 mg/ml of EDTA) under refrigerated conditions for 2 ~ 3 minutes. Chemically stressed earthworms released coelomic fluid which appeared thick straw coloured. After collecting the coelomic fluid, earthworms were washed well and left back in good condition into the Vermibin. Coelomic fluid obtained was used as supplement in organic vermicompost extract (30%) media at 20 mL/L concentration.

Explant preparation

The seed explants of Brassica juncea L - Indian mustard, were cleaned thoroughly. Healthy and stable seed explants were surface sterilized with 5% NaOCl along with 1~2 drops of tween 20 and 70% ethanol (v/v) subsequently. Seeds were then rinsed thrice thoroughly with sterilized water.

Mustard seeds were germinated in (90 × 15 mm) Petri dish having filter paper (Whatman Grade 1) moistened with sterilized liquid MS media and Vermicompost extract media respectively for seed bioassay at 22°C in darkness (30 seeds per dish). After 72 hours, germinated seeds were inoculated into the agar based MS and formulated organic media bottles respectively.

Regeneration of mustard shoots techniques being performed in triplicates with 30 explants per experiment. Explants survived with shoot buds were assessed for shoot length, number of leaves and roots in both MS (control) and formulated organic media. Regenerated shoot buds in MS media were sub-cultured initially on 0.1 mg/L BAP supplemented MS media for shoot elongation. For rooting, elongated shoots were transferred into MS media containing 0.04 mg/L NAA. The procedure of shoot and root regeneration sub culturing separately was not required for plants in formulated organic media.

Hardening and transplantation

The rooted plantlets from MS and formulated organic media were thoroughly washed and transferred to cocopeat and vermicompost (1:1 ratio) in net pots. Later plantlets were acclimatized for 4 days at 16 hours light and 8 hours dark period in covered poly bags. Finally acclimatized plantlets were transferred to greenhouses.

Statistical data analysis

The number of explants which developed adventitious shoots and the number of shoots formed per explant were considered and its frequency were calculated. Each experiment was maintained in triplicates. All statistical analyses were peformed using Sigmastat 4.0 software.

Results and Discussion

The optimal medium was standardized for cotelydonary explants of Brassica juncea (L.) CZERN, in plant tissue culture studies. After 3~4 days on MS (hormone free liquid media) treated plates, regeneration of green shoot buds occurred whereas budding process started on second day on vermicompost extract treated plates. Germination ability of mustard seeds was recorded after 4th day as 95% in MS whereas 99% in vermicompost extract and coelomic fluid treated plates. Germinated seeds were transferred onto solidified MS media supplemented with 1mg/L BAP + 0.1 mg/L NAA (Fig. 1) and formulated organic media composed of vermicompost (30%) extract supplemented with 20 mL/L coelomic fluid (Fig. 2) respectively. Shoot regeneration was markedly increased by the addition of coelomic fluid to vermicompost extract media. Maximum number of shoot buds was seen in the fourth week of culture a greater number of shoots differentiated at the explant surface. Effect of vermicompost extract in combination with coelomic fluid on frequency of root development from cotyledon was presented in Figure 2.

Fig. 1.

Micropropagation of mustard on MS medium supplemented with 1mg/L BAP+0.1mg/L NAA. A - One-week old culture; B - 20 days old culture; C and D 45 days old culture

Fig. 2.

Micropropagation of mustard on vermicompost medium supplemented with 20 ml/L coelomic fluid A - One-week old culture; B - 20 days old culture; C and D 45 days old culture

Statistically the root length was calculated and the Normality Test (Shapiro-Wilk) being passed (P = 0.284), Equal Variance Test (Brown-Forsythe) failed where (P < 0.050). Mann-Whitney U Statistic is 44 and T is 149 whereas n is 14 (P = 0.013). The difference in the median values between the Vermicompost extract media and the MS medium is greater than would be expected by chance; there is a statistically significant difference (P = 0.013).

Wilcoxon Signed Rank Test was used to compare the root length of mustard plants grown on MS and VC media and the Normality Test (Shapiro-Wilk) Failed (P < 0.050). W is 36.000, T+ is 36.000, T- is -0.000. Z-Statistic (based on positive ranks) is 2.536. P (test.) is 0.014 and P (exact) is 0.008. The change that occurred with the treatment is greater than would be expected by chance; there is a statistically significant difference (P = 0.008) for the root length (Fig. 3) of mustard plantlets.

Fig. 3.

Shows the results of wilcoxson signed rank test for the root length of plantlets grown in vitro on MS media and Vermicompost extract media

Wilcoxon Signed Rank Test was used for the shoot length of mustard plants grown on MS and VC media and the Normality Test (Shapiro-Wilk) Passed (P = 0.252) (Fig. 3). Test execution ended by user request, Paired t-test begun. t = -4.413 with 13 degrees of freedom. 95 percent two-tailed confidence interval for difference of means: -2.022 to - 0.693. Two-tailed P-value is 0.000701. The change that occurred with the treatment is greater than would be expected by chance; there is a statistically significant change (P = < 0.001). One-tailed P-value is 0.000350 (Fig. 4). The sample mean of treatment vermicompost extract exceeds the sample mean of treatment MS media by an amount that is greater than would be expected by chance, rejecting the hypothesis that the population mean of treatment MS is greater than or equal to the population mean of treatment Vermicompost extract media. (P = <0.001).

Fig. 4.

Shows the results of wilcoxson signed rank test for the shoot length of plantlets grown in vitro on MS media and Vermicompost extract media

Power of performed two-tailed test with alpha is 0.050: 0.982.

Power of performed one-tailed test with alpha is 0.050: 0.994.

Wilcoxon Signed Rank Test for number of leaves grown on MS and Vermicompost extract media was analyzed. Normality Test (Shapiro-Wilk) Failed (P < 0.050). W is 6.000, T+ is 8.000 and T- is -2.000. Z-Statistic (based on positive ranks) is 1.134. P (test.) is 0.345and P (exact) is 0.375. The change that occurred with the treatment is not great enough to exclude the possibility that it is due to chance (P = 0.375) (Fig. 5).

Fig. 5.

Shows the results of wilcoxson signed rank test for the number of leaves seen on the plantlets grown in vitro on MS media and Vermicompost extract media

Most favorable shoot regeneration frequency was procured from formulated organic medium. This resulted in root (hairy) development. Shoot buds developed directly from the cut ends of cotyledons within week. The survival rate was 98% in mustard cotyledons on Vermicompost extract media and 63% on MS media respectively (Fig. 6). Callus was not seen in cotyledon explants.

Fig. 6.

Shows the percentage survival rate of the plantlets grown on MS and formulated organic medium respectively

The results of present study shows that the seeds treated with the formulated organic media showed progressive enhancement in germination with respect to time. Successful micropropagation and transformation of B. juncea (L.) were investigated (Mathews et al. 1985; 1990). Czern and Coss are the important oilseed crop of India. In this study, it was an attempt to tissue culture mustard seeds systematically to compare the Vermicompost medium with MS medium. The results obtained indicated that it is possible to induce shoot regeneration directly on using economical formulated organic media on cotyledon segments of B. juncea L. TDZ was reported to be ideal for stable shoot proliferation of green ash (Kim et al. 1997). Shoot formation was poor with KT (6-furfurylaminopurine kinetin) in cotyledon. In the present study, higher concentrations of coelomic fluid reduce the rate of regeneration of shoots, without affecting its shoot morphology. Shoot regeneration frequency in cotyledons was high in most of the cases. The results obtained here are efficient, economical and reliable. Successful genetic transformation was reported in most of the Brassica species (Cao and Earle 2003; Metz et al. 1995; Wahlroos et al. 2003).


This protocol might be of help in genetic improvement using transgenic approach because mustard is targeted by severe viral infection. The plants had developed both roots and shoots without the requirements of separate rooting and shooting media as is done in traditional tissue culture methods.The humic and fulvic acids present in the vermicompost exhibit “hormone-like” activity which promote plant growth. This prevents the use of synthetic hormone supplements. This reduces the cost of the tissue culture process. Due to the antimicrobial activity of the coelomic fluid, contamination is prevented in case of MS Media is a significant probability. Thus one can say that with further research and standarization procedures, Vermicompost and Coelomic Fluid can be used as an alternative to the traditional synthetic media. Formulated organic media is advantageous due to its rich “plant-growth promoting “properties and convenience.


Thanks to The Management and The Chairperson, Department of Biotechnology, PES University, Bengaluru for providing an opportunity to pursue the present research.

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