Fern being grown from a tissue culture

Fern being grown from a tissue culture

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Caption: Micropropagation. Fern being grown in a flask from a tissue culture. The jelly in the bottom of the flask is a sterile soil-substitute containing the nutrients needed by the growing plant. The fern is a clone grown from a tiny fragment or single cell from a "parent" plant in a process called micropropagation. Carefully controlled conditions cause the fragment to develop into an embryo which then produces roots and shoots like a normal seedling. The technique allows mass agricultural production of genetically identical plants and is an effective way of propagating any genes introduced into the parent plant.

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Keywords: agriculture, botanical research, botany, culture, fern, flask, genetic, genetics, micropropagation, plant, plant biotechnology, plant culture, research, tissue culture

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