Abstract A protocol of protoplast isolation from Egyptian varieties of pea and bean is reported. Protoplast cultures were established from apical shoots of pea (Pisum sativum) and suspension cultures of bean (Phaseolus vulgaris). To isolate protoplasts of pea, apical shoot tissues were digested for 10 h using enzyme solution containing 1% pectinase, 0.5% cellulase, 0.5% hemicellulase, 10% mannitol and 0.1% CaCl2-2H2O. For protoplast isolation from suspension culture of bean, collected cells were incubated for 6 h in digestion solution containing 0.5% pectinase, 0.25% of each of cellulase and hemicellulase, 10% mannitol and 0.1% CaCl2-2H2O. Purified protoplasts were cultured in liquid culture medium. Microcalli were obtained after 30 days of culture. Calli colonies with a diameter of about 5 mm were developed after one month of culturing on solid B5 medium containing 2% sucrose, 2 g/l casein hydrolysate, 0.7% agar and supplemented with either 1 mg/l of each 2,4-D and kin in case of pea or 2 mg/l 2,4-D+0.5 ...

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