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Plants from Test Tubes: An Introduction to Micropropagation Hardcover – Illustrated, October 1, 1996

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Your best hands-on, how-to-do-it text ... You'll need to learn the new vocabulary but this is an easy place to do it. Whole Earth 19990822 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 20000822 This is an altogether wonderful book for budding plant scientists or gardeners who seek to expand their gardening knowledge. -- Charles Hardman Herbertia 20000822 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 20010507

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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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated; 3 edition (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881923613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881923612
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.9 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #917,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By G. Parsons on April 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
For those just starting out, this is as good as it gets. Good for the beginner, but contains information useful to the more experienced. If you get hooked on this hobby, it shows how to set up your own lab without breaking the bank. The bibliography and list of supply sources will let you go as far as you want.
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By A Customer on May 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book contains everything that you need to know to start cloneing plants. Some of the material is geared more towards comericial operations but there is a lot for the hobbiest too. I thought that it could have been organized a little better. The authors talk about equipment and media before they go through the cloning process. Parts of it will be boring unless you are planing to actually culture plants. For example there are several step by step lists on how to preform transfers etc.
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The presentation of the book is very nice.It's written in a way that most person with some limited sciences background will understand with no trouble at all.Book is very well designed, by chapters from early discoveries to the most advance techniques, and still easy to completly understand and follow procedures without any problems. Language is very simple and clear, and is not boring at all.Author has a good way of describing and teaching the subject, and have a way of keeping interested in reading and doing the practical side of the experiments.
Will highly recomend.I;m very happy in owning this book.
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This book is an overview, but should not be considered a text to set up a micropropagation lab as the author suggests. A better source, though now a bit dated, is Arditti. Overall, for the layman, looking at the general process of micropropagation, it is worth reading.

Too much of contemporary plant cell clone technique is considered propriatory, and I'm afraid there is as much misdirection as information spread about as a result by money minded nurserymen. With that in mind, this book is still worth the price for a source of quickly accessed data, and well worth the price to look up specific information. But do remember that word in the title: the book is an Introduction.
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This book will introduce you to not only the history but the nuts and bolts, logistics and mechanics of Micropropagation. I personally found it an invaluable resource to get me started. I can now confidently buy other books that hold specific data and experiments that I wish to pursue with the background knowledge and techniques I learnt here.
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This is a great book about micropropagation. I like the microscope section and the section on genetic engineering. I am teaching myself botany and bought this book to learn about cloning a plant. I have not done any of the tissue cultures as the chemicals are expensive. It is a great book that even includes historical information about botany and the light microscope.
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I wanted to learn about micro propagation of plants for waste water reclamation and this book saved me from going back to school after another degree. It is nearly as complete on the subject as one book can be for the beginner.
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Well laid out, easy to understand for a non-technical person like myself.You do not need a doctorate to use this book successfully.A good basic book for micropropagation.
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