At CIS we always reach for the top. Having been troubled by pest and disease problems in some of our partner schools, we are now turning into a cutting-edge agri-solution: Plant Tissue Culture.
This week, we invite our agricultural associate Chepkirui Herine, to give a 1-minute presentation on Plant Tissue Culture.
– Chung (project manager, CIS): So tell me Herine, what is plant tissue culture?
– Herine (agricultural associate, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology): Plant tissue is an assembly of course of action used to keep or grow plants cell, tissues or organs. In basic terms it is a method to clone or re-grow a plant species in a disease-free manner.
– Chung: What specifically make plant tissue culture so special?
– Herine: Plants will mature a lot quicker than the normal cycle, and most will be disease free. In addition, it is also possible to have production of many plants in the absence of seeds. This method is seen as particularly important in developing countries, where plant diseases are prevalent and farmers are often not properly trained.
– Chung: Are there any drawbacks, especially on cost and implementation dimension?
– Herine: Plant Tissue Culture can be labor intensive, it requires lots of man-hours and care, in addition to advanced farming knowledge. Also one point to note, not all plants can be tissue cultured. At Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology there is a dedicated lab to produce plant tissue culture.
Wouldn’t it be awesome if CIS can have the tissue cultured seed and distribute to our partner schools? Not only will it lower the chance of disease and shorten harvesting turnover time, but also CIS will set the standard for the others to follow! For now, check out more information of of this celebrated finding from JKUAT.
Watch out for our next move, cause we are always shooting for the moon!