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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 53

Integrating a Tissue Culture Laboratory into a Nursery

Ian Gordon

pp: 137-141


The successful introduction of many Australian native plants in tissue culture in commercial volumes has been full of pitfalls. Many papers have been published outlining research into the initiation and growth of native flowering plants but we are still to see large numbers of these plants in the commercial nursery and flower trade. Examples of plants such as Ptilotus, Clianthus, Blandfordia, and Platycerium are examples of native plants, which have been the subject of significant research, but we are yet to see any significant numbers of these plants available within the nursery and cut flower industries. Obviously, published research has not translated into commercial production of these plants.

There have also been some success stories with the introduction of some native plants into tissue culture production. Anigozanthos, Asplenium, and Nephrolepis obliterata ‘Kimberley Queen’. However, there is clearly a major gulf between the small-scale success in a research project

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