Tissue culture lab is a facility in Department of Biotechnology under Forest Genetics and Biotechnology Division.
In this lab tissue culture technology of various forest trees viz. teak, sandal, bamboo, calamus etc. as well as many endangered, endemic and threatened tree taxa has been standardised. Most of these technologies are commercially recommended for large scale propagation of forest trees.
Plant tissue culture relies on the fact that many plant cells have the ability to regenerate a whole plant (totipotency). Single cells, plant cells without cell walls (protoplasts), pieces of leaves, or (less commonly) roots can often be used to generate a new plant on culture media given the required nutrients and plant hormones. The main advantage of this technique is the production of exact copies of parent plant.
Equipments include laminar airflows, autoclaves, bioreactor, high speed refrigerated centrifuges, PCR machines, spectrophotometer, nanodrop, gel electrophoresis and gel documentation units, ice flaker machines and deep freezers etc.
Contact: Dr. EM Muralidharan
Dept: of Biotechnology
Kerala Forest Research Institute
Peechi P.O, Thrissur District, Kerala - 680653