NY005 - Investigation of Autotrophic Micropopagation to Enhance Product

Phytotech Australia Pty Ltd has investigated micropropogation environmental conditions in a range of commercially produced crops. Results indicate that the standard conditions used for micropropogation are far from optimal for many crops. Much work has been done in modifying the environment by use of gas permeable membranes, different light and sugar levels and increasing CO2 concentrations. Autotrphic micropropogation is found to be viable production method for the commercial laboratory. However, considerable investigation is still required to fully understand various aspects of heterotrophic growth and the essential procedure to enable the switch from heterotrophic to autotrophic growth.