Commercial Micropropagation Laboratories in the United States
Richard H. Zimmerman
To determine the current status of commercial micropropagation in the U.S., an extensive survey of laboratories was made in March and April, 1996, by doing telephone interviews with the manager or owner of each laboratory. All laboratories contacted and currently doing commercial production provided data.
Commercial micropropagation laboratories are located in at least 26 states and most are situated near important production areas of the horticultural industries that they service. Florida leads in plants produced, followed by California, Washington, and Oregon. California and Florida each have more than 15 laboratories; all other states have fewer than 10 each. Within states, the laboratories are often clustered in certain areas. In Florida, the heaviest concentration is near Apopka, where much of the foliage plant production is located. California labs are clustered mainly in coastal areas near San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. The Pacific Northwest labs of Washington and
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