Science News 2012 (English)

Plant Cell Culture Technology Targets Self-Sufficiency in Rare Plants

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Running Time : 5minutes

Publication Year(JFY) : 2012

Overview

Among so-called rare plants which are difficult to mass produce, the supply of medicinal plants used in Chinese herbal medicines is being restricted at the source of production, adding further instability to the supply side. So Japanese paper manufacturers are developing propagation techniques for plant species that until now have been difficult to grow, by applying photoautotrophic culturing, a type of plant cell culture technology, to plant cuttings with the aim of boosting production of medicinal plants.

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