Summary report on 'Market
Survey on Tissue Cultured Plants'
Prepared by Biotech Consortium India Limited, for
Department of Biotechnology and Small Farmers' Agri-Business Consortium,
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