The Secret to Modern Agriculture
Tissue culture is a process that involves exposing plant tissue to a specific regimen of nutrients, hormones, and lights under sterile, in vitro conditions to produce many new plants, each a clone of the original mother plant, over a very short period of time. The technique has been commercialized for more than four decades and is being used for the vegetative propagation of millions of superior plants annually in horticulture and forestry for the last several decades. During this time period, plant tissue culture has effectively moved from the confines of small laboratories and has taken its place among some of the more mainstream, broad-scale techniques employed by the agriculture industry. It is estimated that the current global market of tissue cultured products is several billion plants annually and the demand is increasing steadily. Research and advancement in plant tissue culture techniques have become especially important in the agricultural community over the past ten years.
Fast, Safe, Consistent
Tissue culture can allow propagators to select desirable variants and generate new, viable cultivars more quickly and easily. It also speeds the introduction of hybrid cultivars; through tissue culture, new cultivars reach sufficient numbers to become commercially available in two to three years, whereas cultivars produced with traditional propagation methods require six to seven years. Tissue culture helps eliminate systemic diseases in starting materials, dramatically reduces greenhouse space required for maintaining stock plants, and provides growers with healthy and uniform plants year-round.
Bringing Tissue Culture Expertise To Cannabis
Segra has recruited Dr. Sma Zobayed, a leading specialist in tissue culture with extensive international experience, to the team. Dr. Zobayed holds two patents relating to tissue culture and has published over 50 scientific papers related to his research in the field. He holds a Ph.D. in Plant Tissue Culture, from the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Hull (UK), and has won awards for his tissue culture work from the scientific community. He is a member in good standing with the International Society of Arboriculture, International Association for Plant Tissue Culture and the International Society for Horticultural Sciences. Dr. Zobayed has also worked directly on cannabis tissue culture under a federal grant at the University of Guelph. Segra will build and develop industry leading cannabis tissue culture facilities that will have direct oversight from Dr. Zobayed.
Segra – Lowering Costs And Leading The Way
The current market for cannabis “cuttings” (a more disease-prone, crude, traditional technique to generate mother stock clones) is expanding at an enormous rate as the industry as a whole expands. Cuttings typically retail for $5 to $25 depending on the demand for the individual cultivar. Tissue culture micropropagation provides clean, healthy, disease-free “plantlets” that are superior to traditional cuttings and in huge demand as growers become educated on the technique. It is much more cost-effective for cultivators to purchase tissue culture plantlets over traditional clones, providing improved financials and risk mitigation. Segra’s established experience in cannabis tissue culture makes it the top choice for growers seeking quality, standardization, and reliability in cannabis plantlet production.