|Photo credit: donna davis|
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 one of the species which I am lucky enough to have growing in my back yard: Melaleuca irbyana (Swamp Tea-tree). 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, processes and protocols.