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Micropropogation

Similar term(s): regeneration.

Definition:

The practise of rapidly multiplying and/or regenerating plant material to produce a large number of new genetically identical plants, using modern laboratory methods.

Source: GreenFacts

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Depending on the species, some part of a plant such as a piece of stem, leaf or bulb - is grown under laboratory conditions.

These sections of plant grow out to shoots, which can in turn be cut and propagated. This may be repeated several times, so that the number of plants - and thus the amount of labour involved - increases with time.

When enough plants are made, they are grown until their roots develop, they are then hardened off and transferred to normal glasshouse and/or field conditions.

Source: based on Ifgene  A description of cell techniques

Related words:

Clones - In-vitro selection (in plant breeding)

To read about this term in context:

GreenFacts Summary on Genetically Modified Crops:

Translation(s):

Español: Micropropagación
Français: Micropropagation

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