Plant Tissue Culture - A Growing Area in Biotech

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Plant tissue culture is used by many companies and nurseries to propagate plants in a disease-free environment.  Technicians who work in this area use many biotechnology skills.

We just posted a new career description for plant tissue culture technicians.  Plant tissue culture technicians work in companies and nurseries to propagate plants in a sterile environment. There are many advantages to growing plants in tissue culture.  Propagating plants in tissue culture allows growers to produce clones of one plant, thus ensuring that all plants have the same traits. Cultured plants mature quickly and can be kept disease-free.  This method also allows scientists to genetically modify plants and screen for new traits.  Many companies use plant tissue culture.  

Since the process of plant tissue culture involves many common biotechnology skills, a certificate or associates degree in biotechnology would be helpful as well.  Some Bio-Link college programs offer certificates in Agricultural Biotechnology that include plant tissue culture, other programs include plant tissue as part of their standard curriculum (e.g. Madison College, Madison, WI, Des Moines Area Community College, Iowa, and State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota, Florida).  It would also be helpful to complete a certificate or associates degree in horticulture or plant science. 

Plants growing in sterile media

Our Ag Biotech page shows several employers using plant tissue culture in their operations and a quick Google Search shows the skills for this field are in demand.

Submitted by Sandra Porter on Mon April 22, 2019.