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Plants from Test Tubes: An Introduction to Micropropagation (Third Edition)

By Lydiane Kyte, John Kleyn, Holly Scoggins, and Mark Bridgen

Your best hands-on, how-to-do-it text.

Whole Earth

Acclaimed since its first appearance as the most practical guide to plant tissue culture and widely adopted as a textbook, this standard work is now even better. 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.

Media reviews

"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

"This is an altogether wonderful book for budding plant scientists or gardeners who seek to expand their gardening knowledge."

—Charles Hardman, Herbertia

"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

"Your best hands-on, how-to-do-it text ... Youll need to learn the new vocabulary but this is an easy place to do it."

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About the authors

Lydiane Kyte

Lydiane Kyte (1919–2008) built a plant tissue culture program for a prominent woody ornamental lab and later developed a micropropagation business with her husband. Lydiane earned a B.S. in botany from the University of Washington.

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John Kleyn

John Kleyn (1923–2005) was an associate professor of biology at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, and author of a preeminent microbiology lab manual, now in its seventh edition. John received a Ph.D. in bacteriology from Cornell University.

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Holly Scoggins

Holly Scoggins is an associate professor of horticulture at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg and is director of the Hahn Horticulture Garden. She teaches courses in floriculture crops production, herbaceous landscape plants, greenhouse management, and public gardens maintenance and management. Holly holds a Ph.D. in horticultural science from North Carolina State University.

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Mark Bridgen

Mark Bridgen is a professor of horticulture at Cornell University and director of Long Island Horticultural Research and Extension Center. He earned a Ph.D. in plant physiology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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