Characteristics of Micropropagation


Micropropagation is the practice of rapidly multiplying stock plant material to produce a large number of progeny plants, using modern plant tissue culture methods. The rapid process of vegetative multiplication of plant material in tissue culture and their in vitro propagation technique is called micropropagation.

Micropropagation is also used to provide a sufficient number of plantlets for planting from a stock plant that doesn’t produce seeds or doesn’t respond well to vegetative reproduction.

Basic Characteristics of Micropropagation:

1. A very small sample of meristematic tissue is removed from the tip of a branch.

2. This tissue sample is likely to be free of virus infection.

3. The tissue sample is placed on sterile nutrient agar in a test tube.

4. Plant growth regulators can be added to stimulate and control development.

5. A plantlet will grow from the tissue sample.

6. The plantlet is then transferred to a suitable compost for further growth.