WHATEVER HAPPENED TO PLANT TISSUE CULTURE?
There are, still, many unrealistic expectations that growers bring to tissue culture labs almost every week.
I hope to cover three areas: what we expected of tissue culture, what we thought we were getting, and what we really got.
The 1960's saw a dramatic conquest of the major problems confronting orchid propagation. The orchids were slow to propagate vegetatively and were almost universally infected with viruses that caused a dramatic shortening of the shelf life of the flowers. Morel (6) described the methods for producing virus-free Cymbidium orchids and how to use tissue culture for clonal propagation of orchids. Scully (10) described clonal propagation of Phalaenopsis. Sagawa and Shoji (9) described clonal propagation of Dendrobiums. Scully (10) wrote about meristem culture of
So here, after decades of steady but slow improvement in vegetative orchid propagation, tissue culture burst on the scene successfully. Where did this put our expectations? Why, we were
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