Plant it, in vitro plants by Dennerle

Posted on Feb 24, 2016

Plant it, in vitro plants by Dennerle

2016 UKASC sponsor, Dennerle, lets us know about their in vitro plants, a range of plants which is due to expand soon.

Plant it, in vitro plants by Dennerle

At Dennerle, we grow hundreds of plant species in our greenhouses. We also produce 34 species of in vitro plants (with 10 more to come soon), under the label Plant it. At the shoot tips, all plants have what is called the meristem, made up of undifferentiated cells that contain the entire “blueprint” of the species. This part of the plant is removed in the laboratory under sterile conditions, and the harvested clumps of cells are put into special containers on an artificial nutrient substrate. After 6 to 8 weeks, a young plant is born. It keeps growing and is sold in its airtight container. Thus, 10551525_797950386911201_6337145520502056_othe aquarist gets a very clean plant, free of pathogens, snails (parasites) and algae. It doesn’t contain any harmful substance like copper, allowing it to be immediately used in aquariums with sensitive invertebrates.

Interestingly, the young in vitro plant develops submerged leaves, making it adapted to live underwater right away, unlike most of the other species that are immersed when cultivated in greenhouses. The meristem propagation technique is also a blessing for nature protection, as many wild plants are not harvested anymore for the aquarium industry. It is especially true for the Cryptocoryne species, often difficult to cultivate in greenhouses. Another example is the new Bucephalandra species : these plants are extremely popular at the moment, and at Dennerle we are proud to offer our own production, and not harvested from the Borneo jungle, where they take a very long time to grow back. In one Plant it box, the aquarist gets a large selection of shoots, offering many scaping possibilities thanks to their size.

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