Applying 3D Printing to Develop Improved Micropropagation Systems
by Dr. Max Jones, Plant Agr., University of Guelph
LOCATION: Room 202, Crop Sci
DATE & TIME: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 10:30 AM
Micropropagation is a method that uses various tissue culture techniques to clonally propagate high value crops (ie. Orchids), facilitates various biotechnological approaches, and forms the basis of clean plant programs (ie. seed potato). The sterile and controlled nature of this technique provides a number of benefits over traditional propagation methods, but wider application is limited by higher production costs. Despite the importance of this approach to several crops, very little has changed in equipment or technique in recent decades, and most innovations have not been widely adopted. Current research in Dr. Jones’ lab is using 3D printing to prototype a new modular micropropagation systems to improve plant growth and reduce labour costs to improve production efficiency. This seminar will provide an overview of the approach taken, the specific prototype modules that have been developed, and present some preliminary results using this system.
Max Jones is an assistant professor in the Department of Plant Agriculture. He did both his BSc and MSc at the University of Guelph, followed by a PhD at the University of British Columbia.
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