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Plant biotechnology in South Africa: Micropropagation research endeavours, prospects and challenges
- Moyo, M., Bairu, M.W., Amoo, S.O., Van Staden, J.
- South African journal of botany 2011 v.77 no.4 pp. 996-1011
- biotechnology, infrastructure, issues and policy, micropropagation, South Africa
- Research in plant biotechnology is playing a crucial role in the production and conservation of plant-based resources globally. Being a country with rich and diverse floral resources, South Africa has a genuine opportunity to develop efficient and competitive plant biotechnology sectors. South Africa has a policy framework, in the form of a National Biotechnology Strategy that supports biotechnology research. The presence of competitive research infrastructure coupled with the government's willingness to commit significant resources will certainly help realise this. South Africa's plant biotechnology research has potential to make more significant contributions to the national economy. In this review, whilst highlighting the success, the research endeavours, prospects and challenges hindering the practical application of micropropagation research outputs are discussed.