Often called in vitro propagation or tissue culture, this technique is more popular to produce small plantlets in a clean, virus-free manner, in place of cuttings.
It can be particularly useful if the plant is slow growing or if cuttings do not have a good survival rate, and also if a species is under threat of survival.
New varieties or ‘sports’ (mutations) of existing varieties can also be fast-tracked giving small volumes quickly for sale into the marketplace. This applies to both fruit plants and ornamental species, such as Cordylines, which are available from our micropropagation laboratory.
Hargreaves Plants' micropropagation facility has recently invested in new hi-tech equipment, such as the latest laminar flow cabinets and an autoclave.
The facility moved to Huntingdon in early 2013 where a new purpose-built laboratory has been opened. There are larger laboratory and weaning facilities at this site which gives additional stock for increased volumes for customers. The latest microwave technology for preparing medium will also increase productivity, which we plan to add in the next two years.
These advances in techniques coupled with ever-increasing knowledge and experience in various plant species give huge impact to Hargreaves Plants laboratory within the micropropagation industry.
Hargreaves Plants micropropagation laboratory produces high health ‘mother’ plants which in some cases are the starter plants for the plants grown in our fields and nurseries. The micropropagation laboratory also assists the Research & Development trials team with fast-tracking new varieties from breeding programmes around the world.
The laboratory is also inspected annually by PHPS (Plant Health Inspection body which is a division of FERA (DEFRA)). This body is also used to certify the health status of plant material after propagation but before release to the customer, whether internal or external, again by inspection. It is our policy to use the highest health grade available, usually Nuclear, Foundation or Super Elite, as initiation stocks to ensure the best quality finished product is possible.
The experienced team at Hargreaves Plants is now contracting propagating a large number of raspberry, blackberry, gooseberry, blueberry, hops, roses, cordylines, snowdrops, Euphorbia, and Fatsia plants for third party nurseries worldwide. With the new weaning facilities now established, we can offer a first class product. Plants are either despatched as weaned plants or in agar for nurseries to wean themselves. If you have any micropropagation requests we would be pleased to discuss and offer you a tour of our facilities. We now export micropropagated plants to all corners of the world.
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