Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Orchid tissue culture

Vericlone tissue technologies Inc.

There is nothing more graceful than the elegance of blooming orchids. Flowering orchids are the most sought after potted flower plants. There is something mysteriously positive about orchids that make them so popular not only amongst florists, but the common masses too. Everybody wants orchids; in weddings, at events, in their homes and so on.The global volume of floriculture production is growing at a constant rate of ten percent per year. With horticulture techniques advancing at an unfathomable rate, production costs have gone down substantially thus leading to a rise in the orchid produce.With about 1,000 genera and about 30,000 species, orchids are known to be among the most evolved flowers.

Growing orchids is a business covering around eight percent of the world floriculture trade which holds the potential to alter the landscape of an economy. The current advanced technology in genetics permits us to produce crops with high yield, disease resistance and optimum nutritional content beneficial for our people and economy.

The Vericlone laboratory specializes in R&D of orchid plant micropropagation through embryogenesis, and commercial production of in-vitro tissue culture orchid plantlets, focusing on the cymbidium and dendrobium varieties. Our laboratory operates in a 2000 sq. ft area in Pune. It is fully equipped to comply with global standards of quality and control. As we proactively contribute to the new biotechnological revolution using new tissue culture techniques, we have developed our own specific methods, laboratory and nursery protocols, which enable us to produce high–quality, pest and disease-free plants with practically complete field establishment.

Talking about the orchid production in India, it won't be wrong to say that India is a significant producer of orchid among other known countries across the globe. Despite exports being the highest motivators for Indian flower cultivators, the domestic market is also on the uphill. With about 1,300 species of orchids, India constitutes about ten percent of the world's orchid flora. The north-east region of India has the highest representation of orchid genera.

Tissue culture techniques have made it possible for floriculturists to produce large-scale multiplication of exquisite and rare hybrid of orchids. This has led to becoming one of the top ten cut flowers. Being the outbreeders that they are, the propagation of orchids using seeds leads to the production of heterozygous plants. Therefore regeneration protocols from various vegetative parts of plants need to be followed. The prime advantage of using the micropropagation technique is that one can cultivate more than one variety of a particular plant in a short span of time. Orchid micropropagation has shown spectacular development in the recent past but implementation of micropropagation is believed to be restricted due to problems like exudation of phenolics from explants, transplantation to field and somaclonal variation

Backed up with an expertise of thirty years, at Vericlone we understand the importance of adopting the best practices and hence have adopted the tissue culture technology only to fabricate optimum quality products. The lab is solely dedicated to the micropropagation of orchid, pomegrenate, banana, sugarcane and syngonium, spathiphilum and anthurium ornamental plants.

Our flowers and saplings are supplied to farmers and flower growers pan India. Our dealers proactively ensure that the entire demand and supply chain takes place smoothly. They provide end-to-end technical assistance and complete end-to-end solutions at every leap.

As we move towards our goal of becoming leaders in the horticulture industry, we look at achieving sustainable growth for everyone involved in the production, supply and consumption process. Our vision provides a framework for the road ahead and influences every aspect of our business by creating a foundation to accomplish sustainable quality growth. We seek to make a qualitative difference to the national agricultural output by adopting the most advanced technology in plant tissue culture.

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Hrishikesh Sherikar

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