FLORA LABORATORIES





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 area

                                                                                         Culture initiation laboratory


Media Preparation

<>       At the heart of our media preparation facility is a
       pair of Jouan media preparators that automatically
     mix, autoclave and dispense all our formulations
    with a minimum of work done by hand.
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Cloning Laboratory
  
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.

     
 

Culture transfere laboratory
  
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.

 


Plant growth room 2
 
  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 & balance area

Microscope and balance area




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