Growth acceleration of plants and mushroom by erythritol
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The effects of erythritol, a safe and nontoxic sweetener, on organisms other than mammals have not been clarified. We investigated the effects of erythritol on plants and microorganisms. The supplementation of erythritol to white radish (<i>Raphanus sativus</i> L.), garlic (<i>Allium sativum</i>), and arabidopsis (<i>Arabidopsis thaliana</i>) enhanced the growth of their seedlings and roots, and shortened germination time. The supplementation of erythritol to a mushroom (<i>Lentinula edodes</i>) markedly enhanced the development of fruiting bodies. These results would suggest that erythritol has the attractive potential as a safe and useful growth accelerator for plants and microorganisms.
- Plant tissue culture letters
Plant tissue culture letters 25(5), 489-492, 2008-12-01
Japanese Society for Plant Cell and Molecular Biology