|In-vitro propagation of mukau and Jatropha curcas|
Mass production of genetically identical and superior germplasm is the objective of this research. Now in its third year, the research is conducted by the University College of Ghent (Belgium) in collaboration with the Faculty of BioEngineering of Ghent University.
Researchers are fine-tuning the method (called “protocol”) for multiplying tiny pieces of plant tissue towards healthy rooted seedlings that can be removed from the laboratory, passed to the nursery for hardening-off and planted in the field. For the moment, the researchers are concentrating on consistent formation of a healthy taproot, the last obstacle regarding mukau. This phase is expected to wind up by the end of 2010.