Plant Tissue Culture
Whether for research and development or contract research, our state-of-the-art Plant Tissue Culture Laboratory and experienced tissue culture professionals are an integral part of the PSI Team. Our highly skilled scientists are committed to assisting our in-house breeding programs and facilitating the releases of superior novel varieties, to offering our clients the benefit of the latest in cutting-edge technology, and to providing high quality service to the agricultural industry.
After nearly 25 years of tissue culture practice, we have further strengthened our expertise in meristem culture, micropropagation, haploid/dihaploid development and embryo culture. We have effectively applied these techniques to the genetic improvement of small fruit and vegetable crops, and the rapid propagation of many ornamental and specialty crops.
Plant Sciences is currently involved in Meristem Culture, Micropropagation, Anther Culture, Microspore Culture, and Un-pollinated Ovule Culture, Embryo Culture and DNA Fingerprinting.
- Meristem Culture: Eliminating viruses (and other endophytic diseases) by applying meristem culture technique and followed by intensive virus screening programs (such as ELISA, Index Grafting and RT-PCR), and producing virus-free stock plants of great quality and vigor.
- Micropropagation: Rapidly propagating elite plant materials, such as breeding lines, hybrid parents and other valuable germplasm that are selected by breeders or provided by growers, into large quantities of genetically identical quality plants.
- Anther Culture, Microspore Culture, and Un-pollinated Ovule Culture: Developing haploid and doubled-haploid lines (genetically stable inbred lines) in a short time by using our well-established systems of anther culture, microspore culture and un-pollinated ovule culture.
- Embryo Culture: Rescuing hybrid embryos from incompatible, interspecific and/or intergeneric crosses that would otherwise result in early abortion or nonviable seeds.
- DNA Fingerprinting: DNA-genotying commercial varieties (for identification) and to-be-released superior advanced selections (for patent applications) by using various PCR-based molecular marker systems.