SE Fluidics System
Somatic embryogenesis (SE) offers a basis for scalable, automated technology suitable for large-scale production of clonal plants. The SE method is attractive biologically due to the developmental path of the somatic embryo closely resembling zygotic embryo development thus avoiding issues related to adventitious rooting and plagiotropic growth. Furthermore, long term storage of SE cultures allow for field testing in species where zygotic seeds are the starting material for SE cultures, e.g. conifers. Application of SE methods for industrial scale plant production has been limited due to the cost of labor involved with different steps of the SE process.
Several companies and research foundations have funded various parts of the development of the automation system. We acknowledge financial support from SweTree Technologies and it’s consortium of associated Swedish forest companies, VINNOVA Swedish innovation agency and the Kempe Foundations. We also acknowledge the support and hard work of all engineers and scientists involved with these projects.
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