Tissue culture - managing impediments to adoption in Tully : final report 2014/093
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The world is moving and changing every year, it is timely to investigate technologies available outside our current industry practice. When the opportunity arrives we need to take it and explore the possibilities as an industry. Therefore SRA, PEC unit and TCPSL staff developed a collaborative approach between the growers, industry, local tissue culture laboratory, local engineering shop and the TCPSL team to operate a Tissue Culture project called “Managing Impediments to Adoption in Tully”. The new skills learnt from day to day activities and grower demonstrations have been commercially adopted by the industry. This project helped TCPSL staff to improve their knowledge and skills, and allow grower and staff to share their experience and ideas in-order to achieve the goal. SRA and Tissue culture laboratory and nursery are heavily involved to support our needs in these trials. To start, an investigation took place as to the ability of local tissue culture laboratories to manage demand if other laboratories outside the district were unable to. There is a possibility that the Tully growers can access their materials through their local laboratory with SRA and TCPSL direction and control. Mission Beach Tissue Culture Laboratory was one such local business. This lab started to trial separation of plantlets from petri dish, to seedling development stage to nursery and on to the hardening stage.