Amaryllis belongs to family Amaryllidaceae, a family of perennial bulbous plants which are extremely variable in flower colour and foliage usually with a solitary flower and has tremendous value for native ornamental land scaping. The common means of Amaryllis propagation are from seeds and by vegetative methods. Seed being very small in size have low rate of germination and seed propagation also results in variation. Plant Tissue Culture is providing new means for the conservation and rapid propagation of true to type, valuable, endangered and disease free plants. It is an effective method for propagation of those plant species which are difficult to propagate by conventional methods with limiting disease transfer to progeny plants, where destructive harvesting have decreased the population size. Commercial growers are now turning towards tissue culture techniques for mass propagation of important ornamental and horticulture plants.
Dr Aamir Ali has done his PhD from Punjab University and Post Doc. from University of Wisconsin-Madison USA. Research interest include Plant Biotechnology and molecular breeding. Have published 30 research papers,have 14 years of experience for working on seed production technologies. Now a days Working as Assistant Prof. in university of Sargodha