The MIGAL Galilee Research Institute in Israel has reported their research, hoping it will enable the more rapid production of avocado seedlings.
"According to research led by our very own Dr. Lior Rubinovich, It is now finally possible to grow avocado plants solely from tissue culture," the institute announced via social media.
MIGAL has since founded a spinoff company, Bestree, to take advantage of the development and begin producing and marketing avocado seedling cultures right near its home base in northern Israel. It's a move that makes a lot of business sense, given that avocados are gaining popularity across the globe.
Whereas traditional avocado seedlings are difficult and expensive to export due to plant protection regulations that try to keep crop diseases from spreading from country to country, cultured seedlings from sterilized tissue wouldn't be subject to the same strict rules.
"Development in tissue cultures improves the quality of the avocado seedlings, their availability and their health and ensures disease-free plants," said Rubinovich.
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