Micro propagation industry is a profitable option. It suits India as it is labor intensive, environment friendly and promises to improve agri-horti and forestry sector productivities. Further, Agro climatic diversity in India, trained personnel, tissue culture research pool huge unexplored domestic markets, off shore markets because of price competitiveness on account of cheap labor make it a potential foreign exchange earner. The micro propagation industry in the country is under performing in this country primarily due to certain grey areas in communication between Research and Industry, financial considerations for technology sustainability, lack of popularization and reluctant acceptance of the Technology. There had been problems during executing transfers, such as variation in results from the claims in the hands of the industry and difficulties in setting up of the production processes based on the lab protocols provided by the institutes. The poor in-house R&D capacities in micro propagation industries in India necessitate complete description of technology including complete scientific data, information, know-how for the manufacture of the product and the component etc. Further, the process of commercialization should go through conceptualization, basic work, applied research, pilot demonstration and commercialization.

The present work reports how to communicate micro propagation technology successfully through proper communication. The case study was performed with a bamboo micro propagation technology developed by Arya et al. (1996). The technology was extended to micro propagation facility of Sheel Biotech Ltd. Gurgaon in three different ways and the performance of the production process was evaluated. One time technology transfer by providing published literature and starter cultures led to an effective shoot multiplication rate of 4 times, a rooting efficiency of 60%, a post rooting survival of 20% and poor growth of plantlets. Demonstration and a short training at technology developer’s institution i.e. at FRI Dehradun besides providing published literature and starter cultures improved the overall protocol performance with an effective shoot multiplication rate of 5 times, a rooting efficiency of 72%, a post rooting survival of 68% and average growth of plantlets. Performing all the steps of micro propagation in the production set up where the technology is to be used led to most efficient performance of the technology with an effective shoot multiplication rate of 6 times, a rooting efficiency of 95%, a post rooting survival of 98% and excellent growth of plantlets.

The work concluded that several factors pertaining to species taken for micro propagation, the production staff and production set up influence the performance of a micro propagation protocol. Fine tuning protocol parameters at the end users place besides training of production personnel at the production set up is necessary for rapid and successful technology transfer process.

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How to communicate a micro propagation technology?

R. N Pandey   Forest Research Institute

Abhinav Kant   Bamboo and Cane Development Institute

Sarita Arya   Arid Forest Research Institute

I. Arya   Arid Forest Research Institute

Micro propagation industry is a profitable option. It suits India as it is labor intensive, environment friendly and promises to improve agri-horti and forestry sector productivities. Further, Agro climatic diversity in India, trained personnel, tissue culture research pool huge unexplored domestic markets, off shore markets because of price competitiveness on account of cheap labor make it a potential foreign exchange earner. The micro propagation industry in the country is under performing in this country primarily due to certain grey areas in communication between Research and Industry, financial considerations for technology sustainability, lack of popularization and reluctant acceptance of the Technology. There had been problems during executing transfers, such as variation in results from the claims in the hands of the industry and difficulties in setting up of the production processes based on the lab protocols provided by the institutes. The poor in-house R&D capacities in micro propagation industries in India necessitate complete description of technology including complete scientific data, information, know-how for the manufacture of the product and the component etc. Further, the process of commercialization should go through conceptualization, basic work, applied research, pilot demonstration and commercialization.

The present work reports how to communicate micro propagation technology successfully through proper communication. The case study was performed with a bamboo micro propagation technology developed by Arya et al. (1996). The technology was extended to micro propagation facility of Sheel Biotech Ltd. Gurgaon in three different ways and the performance of the production process was evaluated. One time technology transfer by providing published literature and starter cultures led to an effective shoot multiplication rate of 4 times, a rooting efficiency of 60%, a post rooting survival of 20% and poor growth of plantlets. Demonstration and a short training at technology developer’s institution i.e. at FRI Dehradun besides providing published literature and starter cultures improved the overall protocol performance with an effective shoot multiplication rate of 5 times, a rooting efficiency of 72%, a post rooting survival of 68% and average growth of plantlets. Performing all the steps of micro propagation in the production set up where the technology is to be used led to most efficient performance of the technology with an effective shoot multiplication rate of 6 times, a rooting efficiency of 95%, a post rooting survival of 98% and excellent growth of plantlets.

The work concluded that several factors pertaining to species taken for micro propagation, the production staff and production set up influence the performance of a micro propagation protocol. Fine tuning protocol parameters at the end users place besides training of production personnel at the production set up is necessary for rapid and successful technology transfer process.

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