THE LABORATORY OF MICROPROPAGATION AT CESENA, ITALY
Richard H. Zimmerman
In 1976, a growers' cooperative (Centrale Ortofrutticola alla Produzione) in Cesena, Italy, began planning a tissue culture laboratory for large-scale production of several horticultural crops. Dr. Carmine Damiano, of the Istituto Sperimentale per la Frutticoltura in Rome, was instrumental in designing and organizing the laboratory and in consulting on problems once tissue culturing got under way. P. Boxus, of Gembloux, Belgium, also served as a consultant on the project.
The laboratory was built in the basement of the main building of a Technical Agricultural Institute in Cesena. The laboratory consists of a media preparation room, a dishwashing and autoclave room, a transfer room, a large growth room, and office and storage space. The rooms are large, well-lit and constructed so that maintaining a clean work environment is facilitated. The capital cost for the laboratory was about $200,000.
The laboratory facilities are well designed with a good work flow from one section to another. Six large
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