Micropropagation, a proven means of producing millions of identical
plants by culturing plant tissues or organs under germ-free conditions,
is an essential component of plant biotechnology.
India has pioneered a number of discoveries in the field of plant
Unfortunately, till a decade ago most of these remained confined to
the laboratory. However, with DBT's initiative several plant tissue
culture laboratories and commercial facilities have been set up, which
are generating quite a large number of tissue culture-raised commercial
crops and forest trees.
To bridge the gap between research and the field and also to testing
commercial crops, the DBT (Department of Biotechnology), Government
of India, took the initiative of setting up pilot-scale facilities
for mass cloning, testing clonal fidelity through molecular markers
and established facilities for virus certifications.
Apart from protocols, products, these facilities also generate information
during different stages of research and production. In order to effectively
disseminate this information and the benefits of tissue culture in
India, Department of Biotechnology, Government of India has established
this Consortium on Micropropagation Research and Technology Development.