Somatic embryogenesis is theoretically, the system of choice for the propagation of the breeding crops with elite characteristics, such as oak. Asynchronosity of the developmental stages prevents automation of the process; hence the media changes are highly laborious. The objective of the project is to develop a sealed bag where these media changes are achieved by osmosis. The project will develop a suitable bag for somatic embryogenesis of juvenile, and later mature oak tissue along with a protocol for automating the process. The low-cost of the process will allow Commercialisation of somatic embryogenesis even where there is poor synchronicity. The success of the system, will allow the production of low cost, elite forest trees of high yield and quality.
Funding SchemeEAW - Exploratory awards