The following book review will appear in the May, 1997 issue of Agricell Report:
Plants From Test Tubes, 3rd Edition, L. Kyte and J. Kleyn. 240 pp.
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The 3rd edition of Plants From Test Tubes is an enlarged and completely updated edition of this classic introduction to micropropagation. It is an excellent, low-cost, "how-to" book with detailed information on laboratory facilities, supplies and techniques. It includes specific recipes for propagating 54 varieties of ferns, conifers and both monocotyledonous and dicotyledonous flowering plants. A chapter on the business aspects of micropropagation includes marketing, costs, crop planning, record keeping and shipping. The book reflects recent advances in biotechnology and chemistry, with a short course on preparing culture media and dealing with biological contaminants. A bibliography and a large appendix of chemical and equipment suppliers complete this edition.
Plants From Test Tubes is a very basic and practical introduction to micropropagation techniques. Its detailed procedures for micropropagating a number of the most commonly micropropagated plants will be of great value to anyone starting out in the field of micropropagation or plant tissue culture in general. It is an excellent textbook as well as the most affordable plant tissue culture book that this reviewer has seen.
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