‘Give me a living cell of any plant and I will give you a thousand plants of the same type.’ Is this only a slogan or is it scientifically possible? Write your comments and justify them.
It is scientifically possible to grow thousand plants from a single living cell of any plant and this process is called micropropagation.
The property of plant cells that helped them to grow into a new plant is totipotency.
Micropropagation is the use of plant cell culture to regenerate large number of plants.
This results in genetically identical plants and is also t called clonal propagation.
Hence, the desirable characters are kept constant for many generations. Micropropagation is widely used in horticulture and in floriculture. Plants can be obtained throughout the year under controlled conditions.