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February / March 2022

Plant Tissue Culture helps Fruit Industry Growth

SA Fruit Journal: February / March 2022

Biotechnology innovations and their many applications are helping South African fruit producers remain globally competitive by providing them with quality plant material. By Jorisna Bonthuys

Charmaine Stander serves on the management team of the Tissue Culture Facility (TCF), a newly established facility that aims to address shortages of plant material – specifically rootstocks required by the deciduous fruit industry. This state-of-the-art facility near Paarl employs biotechnology to provide growers with phytosanitary-accredited plant material, and specialises in the multiplication of new-generation clonal rootstocks for the local fruit and wine industry.

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