By Arie Altman
This paintings integrates easy biotechnological methodologies with up to date agricultural practices, delivering suggestions to express agricultural wishes and difficulties from plant and crop yield to animal husbandry. It provides and evaluates the constraints of classical methodologies and the potential for novel and emergent agriculturally comparable biotechnologies.
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The results are increased meat and milk production that is currently six to seven times larger than 30 years ago. Germplasm banks and germ-plasm cryopreservation of plant seeds, vegetative tissues, sperm, oocytes, and embryos, are another important biotechnological development . The resulting potentially marketable products are of great value in view of the need to save and protect germplasms. This development provides the basis for breeding programs of germplasm, that otherwise may become extinct (see later) .
Different plants, species, micropropagation technologies, and stages of growth often demand exceptional environmental conditions. Laboratories may be equipped with multiple growing rooms and options for altering standard parameters. In recent years, much research has dealt with environmental factors in the growth and development of in vitro plants, and there is experimental data showing that many of the standard methods described here are not optimal . 4. Culture Media A sterile nutrient source in appropriate growth containers must be provided to initiate and sustain in vitro plant growth.
In addition to direct plant production activities, 30–40% of time, space, and personnel in a commercial laboratory are devoted to providing components and support. The standard infrastructure includes the following: QUALITY ASSURANCE FACILITIES. Commercialized, high-technology propagation requires mass production of uniform plantlets delivered on time. Assuring that each worker maintains defined quality standards is almost impossible. As a result, the level of wastage in viable commercial micropropagation often reaches 20–30%.
Agricultural Biotechnology (Books in Soils, Plants, and the Environment) by Arie Altman