The laboratory and annexed nurseries have a cross-cutting area of research, development and innovation, which is focused on developing new commercial protocols of propagation, as well as carry out innovative projects for the nation in terms to production of secondary metabolites and plant stem cells of interest to the «pharmaceutical industry, nutraceutical and cosmetology».
This production technique, potentially applicable to any type of plant, brings many advantages, such as fast and exponential production of high-quality plants, all identical and, above all, healthy and safe, exportable around the world.
The microprogation or in-vitro culture is a highly technological method of propagation. The process, performed in laboratory and in sterile environment, uses the meristems, buds, tips or micro-cutting (explants) of mother plants subject to genetical and sanitary checks to obtain large amounts of healthy plants, all genetically identical to the original mother plants (clonation), faster than the traditional propagation systems (rootcutting, grafts, etc.).
The in-vitro propagation is based on the stimulation of axillary or secundary gems to achieve the highest multiplication rate, and in the last step of the process induces the formation of roots. Once the laborary cicle is completed, the in-vitro produced plants, that are extremely soft and delicated, should be acclimatized in a greenhouse, so they could harden and then transplanted in pots or placed in a nursery.