Positive correlation between menthol content andin vitro menthol tolerance inMentha arvensis L. cultivars

Ajit K. Shasany, Suman P. S. Khanuja, Sunita Dhawan, Sushil Kumar
2000 Journal of Biosciences  
Menthol is a highly valued monoterpene produced by Japanese mint (Mentha arvensis) as a natural product with wide applications in cosmetics, confectionery, flavours, beverages and therapeutics. Selection of high menthol yielding genotypes is therefore the ultimate objective of all genetic improvement programmes in Mentha arvensis. A positive correlation was observed in the present study between menthol content in oils of evaluated genotypes and the level of tolerance to externally supplied
more » ... nally supplied menthol of explants of these genotypes in culture medium. The easy use of this relationship as a selectable biochemical marker opens the practical applicability of largescale in vitro screening of the germplasm, clones and breeders' material for selection of elite genotypes.
doi:10.1007/bf02703934 pmid:11022228 fatcat:wjabujkyf5dsfpc5bezal36e2y