Micropropagation

MicropropogationSuitable for Key Stages 2, 3 and 4

This session introduces the concept of cloning and helps to explain it in a practical manner. Micropropagation is properly, the propagation of plants on a microscopic scale. That is a single plant cell is cultured so that it will grow into an exact genetic copy of the parent plant from which it derived. This is because plant cells, unlike mammalian cells, are totipotent, meaning that they retain the ability to become any type of cell, even after they have differentiated.

This session can be tailored for a range of pupil ages and abilities, from simply taking a cutting from a plant to the production of cell cultures and actual micropropogation.

N.B. The use of cell culture is tailored to higher ability KS 3, GCSE and A level. For KS 2 and 3, plant material is excised from a living plant and sterilised before being transplanted into the media.

Equipment provided by us:

  • Cell culture and/or plant tissue
  • Growth media
  • Petri dishes
  • Pippets, forceps, scalpels, spreaders
  • Microscope
  • Microscope slides and cover slips

Equipment to be provided by the school:

  • PPE; Lab coats, gloves goggles
  • Bunsen burners
  • Laptop able to run the newest version of Microsoft Powerpoint
  • Projector