COMMERCIAL PLANT TISSUE CULTURE IN THE UNITED STATES

J.B. Jones
There are presently over 250 commercial plant laboratories in the United States with probably 50 more within the research units of agribusinesses. Their products can be segmented between agriculture (food, fiber, forestry) and horticulture (indoor ornamental, outdoor ornamental, orchids). The major ornamental lab products in the U.S. are Syngonium, Gerbera, Spathiphyllum, Nephrolepsis, Saintpaulia, Dieffenbachia, Azalea and Rhododendron plants. The U.S. laboratory production was estimated in 1983 at 25 million plants. Doubling was predicted by 1985 making this a $18 – 20 million segment of the horticulture industry.

Formulating business strategies, expanding the current product lines and evoking unit cost reduction measures are primary business problems. Controlling culture contamination, developing adequate transplant procedures, managing personnel and planning production are secondary problems for large scale production facilities.

Jones, J.B. (1987). COMMERCIAL PLANT TISSUE CULTURE IN THE UNITED STATES. Acta Hortic. 212, 639-643
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.1987.212.106
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.1987.212.106

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