Synopses & Reviews
Acclaimed since its first appearance as the most practical guide to plant tissue culture and widely adopted as a textbook, this standard work is now even better. This expanded edition introduces new developments in biotechnology, such as genetic engineering and cell culture. It provides detailed recipes for propagating plants from more than 30 families. It explains clearly how to set up a propagating laboratory, from a hobbyist's kitchen to an elaborate commercial enterprise.
"This is an altogether wonderful book for budding plant scientists or gardeners who seek to expand their gardening knowledge."
—Charles Hardman, Herbertia, August 2000 Herbertia
"Plants from Test Tubes
is the best hands-on how-to-do-it text, including recipes for propagating fifty-four varieties of ferns, flowering plants, and conifers."
—Whole Earth, Spring 2001 Whole Earth
"This new edition of an essential reference, updated to include the explosion of scientific information in the related field of biotechnology, remains the most accessible and practical book on the subject." Lydiane Kyte, Wisconsin Bookwatch, August 22, 2000 Wisconsin Bookwatch
Acclaimed as the most practical guide to plant tissue culture, the book is now even better and introduces new developments in biotechnology, such as genetic engineering and cell culture.
Originally published in 1983, Plants from Test Tubes was one of the first how-to books on plant tissue culture or "cloning". It continues to be an internationally popular primer. New to this third edition is in-depth information on culture contaminants, a tutorial on the use of the microscope, and a discussion of the role of tissue culture as an indispensable tool in modern biotechnology. Plants from Test Tubes remains the most accessible and practical book on the subject. The book is divided into two sections. The first, "The Basics of Tissue Culture", begins with a discussion of the historical and botanical background of micropropagation. A short course in chemistry lays the foundation for media preparation instructions. Sterile technique and culture care are described in detail. Advice is offered on how to deal with possible problems with cultures, including such topics as vitrification, lack of growth, and contamination. Section II, "Culture Guide to Selected Plants", provides recipes for propagating 54 varieties of ferns, conifers, and flowering plants - an increase of 15 percent from the previous edition. An extensive bibliography and a large appendix of suppliers of chemicals and equipment complete this comprehensive edition.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 227-238) and index.
About the Author
John Kleyn received a Ph.D. in bacteriology from Cornell University and currently acquires books for Indonesian Universities. Lydiane (Ann) Kyte holds a B.S. degree in botany from the University of Washington. She built a plant tissue culture program for Briggs Nursery, now world famous for its tissue-cultured plants.