Micropropagation is a process commonly employed in the horticultural industry, whereby a single plant is grown using plant tissue culture and then multiplied hundreds, if not thousands of times to produce genetically identical clones of itself. This process combined with advanced plant tissue culture technologies such as bioreactors, has enabled large scale cultivation of plants which are generally hard to propagate through conventional approaches (i.e. sowing seed, vegetative cuttings).
Our integrated approach which combines micropropagation and environmentally controlled greenhouse technology has important applications in the rapid production and distribution of threatened and endangered plants by allowing researchers to restore wild populations at risk of extinction at a much quicker rate.
Additionally, controlled environment production offers a unique opportunity for fast introduction of commercially important plants such as novel hybrids, mutants, sports, native species, and plants with improved traits such as unique flower color, disease resistance, altered yield, and higher content of medicinally active compounds.