Tissue culture propagation is the intricate, delicate art and science of cloning thousands, nay, millions of plants, with the relative assurance that each new plant will be an exact duplicate of the parent. (“Relative” is a relative term: Let’s not dismiss the power of Mother Nature, who occasionally throws a curve ball and, through her miraculous powers, can surprise us with a mutant.) With the proper facility, the appropriate tools and the correct training, your program can flourish.

Let’s emphasize that last caveat: The correct training is essential, and the best way to become an expert is to find a qualified academic or a seasoned professional to be your mentor. The sources we list here are meant to supplement that training. Unless you’re experimenting on your own time, don’t try this at home.

You’ll find here a number of sources of information, all of which are readily available. And for one-on-one, personal help, there’s a LinkedIn group you can join.

If you have a particular favorite resource, please let us know, and we’ll be happy to share the information with your colleagues.

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Books

The beauty of a reference book is that, more often than not, it’s a voice of authority. It’s been written by an expert in the field, it’s been reviewed by other experts, and it’s been edited by folks who are careful to verify.

Some of the books we list here may be well beyond the science required by your duties; on the other hand, a few may be too elementary for your particular needs. Check out the best for your program. In no particular order:

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Videos and Demonstrations

In-person, hands-on learning can’t be beat, but online or video presentations can offer refreshers, tips and tricks. Provided the technique you learn from the wizard on YouTube is approved by your production manager, you can use these resources to reinforce what you’ve been taught.

Yet another caveat: As with all online information, consider your source. Be sure that you carefully verify its authority to avoid being misled by amateurs. That being said, don’t dismiss a video demonstration just because it looks like a cartoon. Oftentimes an animated presentation provides a simple, step-by-step approach that’s very easy to follow.