Pioneering days of Tissue Culture (Top: Ono variety in the Lab & Bottom: Ono variety in the intensive care trial)
The Sugar Research Institute of Fiji, operating as Agriculture Experiment station in the late 1960s and early 1970s perfected the procedure for tissue culture and produced the first ever disease free clone of sugarcane in Fiji (see history). The Plant tissue culture laboratory at Sugar Research Institute of Fiji, Lautoka uses in-vitro techniques to grow plants in a sterile, well-monitored environment with the help of meristem and shoot tip culture. The process of micropropagation is usually divided into stages as Initiation, Multiplication, Shooting, Rooting, and Acclimatization. The lab work comprises Inoculation from the very first stage to sub-culturing in intervals of 15-20 days to different stages till the Rooting stage, medium preparation (with macronutrients, micronutrients, and plant growth hormones for the explant to survive in a controlled environment), cleaning procedures includes (glassware cleaning and general lab cleaning) and sterilization practices.
New Tissue Culture plants growing inside glass jars
To produce clean and quality planting material for growers through micro-propagated tissue culture seedlings.
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