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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 44

Title:
Micropropagation: The Ultimate Power Tool

Author:
Gayle R.L. Suttle

pp: 503-505

Abstract:
INTRODUCTION

The concept of micropropagation as a power tool is, admittedly, a silly idea, but consider the similarities. We like power tools because they get the job done quickly, save labor and resources, yield more uniform results, and generally make projects easier.

Power tools can also do great damage if you are not careful. The key to taking advantage of power tools is in learning how to use them properly to maximize results and minimize risks. One must wear the proper safety equipment. One must also continuously screen the procedures and product to make sure that what you end up with meets or exceeds the industry standards for quality. After all, only quality sells long term.

The following are some of the ways micropropagation is being used effectively in the trade today. Many of the largest and smallest nurseries in the United States view micropropagation as an essential power tool which helps them maintain their competitive edge by growing better plants more efficiently.

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