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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 30


Martin J. Crehan

pp: 38-39

My wife, Elyse, and I considered starting a plant tissue culture lab when my previous employer, Sherman Orchid Gardens in Glendora closed its business of growing cymbidium orchids for the wholesale cut-flower trade. During my 25 years there we had followed the work of Dr. Morel of France on the tissue culture of cymbidiums. Within ten years of the first meristeming of cymbidiums, Mr. Sherman sold out for, with the advent of fan and pad cooling of greenhouses, and the availability of good hybrids the market became oversupplied.

My whole career has been in the horticultural field, including, two years at an agricultural school on Long Island, New York, student gardener training at the New York Botanical garden, plus some work at Kew Gardens in England; therefore tissue culture seemed like the next logical step

Therefore, after a year's study of literature at the California Polytechnic University, Pomona, California, we took a three-day intensive tissue culture course at the University

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