Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana Bert.) is a semi bushy herb with natural sweetening compounds that are non-calorific,and is 230 times sweeter than sucrose (Kinghorn, 1987). Stevia is helpful for hypoglycemia and diabetesbecause it nourishes pancreas and thereby helps to restore its normal function (Soejarto et al., 1983) and Oviedo(1971) reported a 35.2% fall in normal blood sugar levels 6-8 hours following the ingestion of Stevia leafextract. Seed germination rate is often poor, less than 10% are common. (Miyazaki and Wantenabe, 1974).Because of instability of plantlets produced from stem cutting, micropropagation is the most reliable method ofStevia propagation (Darekar, 2004).
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