Micropropagation is a process commonly employed in plant science and the horticultural industry, whereby a single plant is grown in a test tube and divided hundreds, if not thousands of times to produce genetically identical clones of itself. While this process is crucial for ensuring consistent reproduction of plant material and optimal plant health, it is often overlooked when one considers how common household plants purchased at the supermarket came to be.
To raise awareness towards the importance of plant tissue culture and micropropagation, GRIPP opened its doors to the clever minds of local elementary school students in 2016. The students were taken to GRIPPs laboratory at the University of Guelph and given the opportunity to learn about basic principles in plant science including micropropagation. Students were given a tour of the facilities and a chance to speak with GRIPP researchers about their projects. Afterwards, they were put to work, making their very own test tube plants to take home!