Tissue Culture in the Nursery Industry
Tissue culture has limited application in the nursery industry for several reasons, but where it is applicable, both vegetative propagation efficiency and plant health status may be enhanced. Additionally, it may be used to rejuvenate aged material and also to generate novel but commercially valuable plants. Successful tissue culture of woody species is a difficult and slow process because of the many difficulties that have been encountered at the various stages of the process - culture initiation, regeneration, rooting, and acclimatisation. Additionally, plant physiological factors also impact on the process. For many woody subjects it is cheaper to propagate conventionally. Thus, protocols for many genera remain to be developed.
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