Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Scientific minds meet green thumbs!

Saskatoon biotech company, Prairie Plant Systems, is using lab technologies and plant cloning to produce thousands of haskap, sour cherry and Saskatoon berry bushes -- varieties developed at the University of Saskatchewan fruit breeding program. Each plant starts as a tiny cutting set into an agar substrate -- no soil required!

"This medium contains all the nutrients that the plants need to grow without having a root system." -- CEO Brent Zettl

The little seedlings are then planted in soil and placed in the warm mist tent, where they grow roots and a thicker skin.

Finally they're moved into the greenhouse. In 3-4 months, the seedlings will be ready for planting outdoors. You can buy them at local nurseries in and around Saskatoon.

Read more about Prairie Plant Systems and haskap berries in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix.

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