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Biotechnology Division-Tissue Culture Laboratory

    Tissue culture techniques provides a great opportunity for mass propagation of uniform healthy plantlets years round without interference from natural environment. More than a hundred of ornamental and medicinal plants have been successfully propagated through in vitro culture in our laboratory. These include horticultural crops of Phalaenopsis, Dendrobium, Anthurium, various ferns, many indoor Araceae and herbaceous plants; and medicinal plants of Dendrobium, Anoectochilus formosanus, Salvia miltiorrhiza, Bupleurum kaoi and Corydalis yanhusuo. In recent year, genetic transformation has been used to generate hairy roots to produce valuable secondary metabolites using bioreactor system which is a platform for connecting with pharmaceutical manufacture industry. Currently, we are engaged in developing: 1) micropropagation of Chinese medicinal herbs from Taiwan and mainland China; 2) production of new genetic resources such as polyploidy plants by in vitro induction and genetic transformation; 3) production of secondary metabolites via cell suspension or hairy roots using bioreactor culture system.

Tissue Culture Laboratory
Name Chi-Ni Hsia
Chinese Name 夏奇鈮
Position Associate Researcher
Education B.S. (1983) in Horticulture, National Chung-Hsing University.
M.S. (1985) in Horticulture, National Chung-Hsing University.
Ph.D. (1995) in Horticulture, University of Illinois.
Specialties Plant tissue culture, Genetic transformation, Biofarming
Office Tel. 886-4-23317327
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Name Uei-Chern Chen
Chinese Name 陳威臣
Position Assistant Researcher
Education Graduate (1989) from Agronomy, National Pingtung Institute of Agriculture.
M.S. (1994) in Agronomy, National Taiwan University.
Ph.D. (2006) in Agronomy, National Chung-Hsing University.
Specialties Plant Tissue Culture, Biotechnology
Office Tel. 886-4-23317326
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Name Chin-Yi Tsao
Chinese Name 曹進義
Position Contract Employees
Education B.S. (2001) in Plant Industry, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology.
M.S. (2004) in Tropical Agriculture and International Cooperation, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology.
Specialties Tissure culture, Biotechnology, Orchid breeding and cultivation
Office Tel. 886-4-23317325
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