North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) Lecture

"What’s the Fun about Plant Tissue Culture?"
Hsuan Chen, PhD, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University

Cohosted by the Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society and the JC Raulston Arboretum

  • Saturday, February 11, 2023 – 10:00 am11:30 am

Plants grown in tubes

Tissue culture, or micropropagation, has been used in large-scale commercial plant propagation and research. It is a very useful tool for intense gardeners and plant collectors for many reasons. In the presentation, Dr. Hsuan Chen of North Carolina State University will start with a short introduction to what plant tissue culture is. He will provide several examples of large-scale commercial propagation of crops. Chen will answer the question of can the home gardener do tissue culture on his/her own or have access to small-scale propagation. Importantly, what and how a gardener or plant collector can use tissue culture to achieve results. And lastly, he we will discuss some of tissue culture's usefulness in plant breeding and biotechnology. 

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Free for North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) members, Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum members, NC State University students, and online participants; otherwise $5.00.
Advance registration is not available for in-person participants. Check-in available at the door. Registration for online participants available at
Online and in person at the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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