Background and Photographs
Flora laboratories started seedraising orchids in 1985 and soon after began mericloning Cymbidiums.
We now offer mericloning services for a wide range of epiphytic orchids including Cattleyas, Cymbidiums, Dendrobiums, Miltonias, Phalaenopsis, Sarcochilus & Zygopetalums as well as Carnivorous Plants and some Bromeliads. A range of our own flasks of Cymbidium Orchid mericlones and Species Orchid seedlings is available. Since this is not the main aspect of our business we offer only a small range of only the best varieties as they become available.
As well as our laboratory services, we distribute a range of laboratory consumables to other plant tissue culture laboratories.
More recently we are pleased to be able to distribute the "Keikigrow" range of plant hormones and vitamins in lanoline pastes developed and produced by Dr James Brasch of Plant Hormones Canada.
The following photographs show a few of the main areas of our laboratories.
Culture initiation laboratory
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pair of Jouan media preparators that automatically
mix, autoclave and dispense all our formulations
with a minimum of work done by hand.
A variety of Gelman Sciences laminar flow cabinets
are used in our laboratories. A class 2 biohazard
cabinet with a glass front, shown below is used for
culture initiation & seed sowing where the gentle air
flow makes work easier. It is also used for colchicine
treatment where both the tissue must be kept asceptic
and the operator must be protected from colchicine.
For replating, a variety of open fronted crossflow
laminar flow cabinets (shown below) and downflow
units are used. These units are more spacious and
have a higher airflow rate to maintain sterility during
long periods of use.
Plants are grown in polycarbonate and
polypropylene vented containers in temperature
controlled grow rooms.The racks are steel
framed with wire mesh shelves as shown.
Microscope and balance area
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