Sunday, April 21, 2013

Plant Cloning

One of the research components of the "Plant Room" project explores plant cloning: a method that can create many plants from the tissue of just one plant, producing exact copies of the host plant.  An accepted technique in the commercial world: this exploration considers the ecological implications of plant cloning in a world where many flora species are on the decline.

I have been conducting cloning trials (aka micropropagation) on each of the (5) selected plants included in the project.  The images above show the progress of the Melaleuca irbyana it was very slow in getting started, however, is well on its way now!

As part of my residency - research aspect - I have arranged to spend a day with the horticultural staff in the gardens to learn more about propagation techniques in order to ensure I can clone each of the (5) species.

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