Oglesby Plants International

Laboratory

Our laboratory produces millions of plants every year using a process called plant tissue culture propagation.  This process also goes by the names of micropropagation, meristem culture or cloning.  The goal of this technology is to “clone” or reproduce a large number of identical copies of an elite plant.  Plant tissue culture represents a very efficient method of plant propagation and over the last two decades has become an important part of both horticulture and agriculture.  

The tissue culture process involves isolating a growing point or “bud” from a healthy plant and placing it on sterile tissue culture media. Once successfully established, the bud will continue to grow and in a few weeks or months we can transfer it to fresh media and divide it into two (or more) plants.  The process continues and every two to four weeks we divide and transfer the plants to fresh media. The number of plants increases rapidly in a geometric progression so from 2 plants we get 4, from 4 we get 8 and from 8 we get 16 and so on.  Over time we can produce thousands of identical plants that are then shipped and grown by commercial growers around the world.

The application of plant tissue culture for commercial propagation began in the early 1970’s. Since 1975, Oglesby has been a leader in plant tissue culture propagation, pursuing technology and innovation necessary to remain at the forefront of a global industry. Our experienced laboratory staff has gained international recognition for their ability to consistently deliver quality products from a broad spectrum of plants.  We also offer a number of tissue culture related services such as contract research and contract propagation, including large scale agricultural projects.

Spathiphyllum Stage II microcuttings

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