The company Invisa Biotecnología Vegetal, based in the hamlet of Barranda, in Caravaca de la Cruz, Murcia, dedicated to the production of apricot, almond, plum, peach and cherry rootstocks, has managed to produce one million plants per year on 45 square meters thanks to the use of 'in vitro' cultivation.
The Councilor of Water, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Miguel Angel del Amor, visited the facilities of this company, which aims to "develop and supply the agricultural sector with propagated plants with a high phytosanitary, genetic and agronomic quality."
The Councillor pointed out that this company, which has 25 workers, "has set an example of job creation in rural areas," said regional government sources.
Invisa Biotecnología Vegetal produces rootstocks intended for the professional nursery sector, which seeks the production of quality fruit seedlings. To this end, it uses micropropagation, a vegetative propagation technique that is employed under aseptic conditions in the laboratory, and which makes it possible to propagate plant material in large quantities.
The micropropagation is carried out from vegetative apices extracted from a mother plant which was controlled from a genetic and phytosanitary point of view. The apices are then cultivated in different media to stimulate their growth, their elongation and their root development.
With this system, the plants obtained are uniform and identical to the mother plant. This is of vital importance in the production of rootstocks, because it makes it possible to have homogeneous fruit plantations. The company adds that the 'in vitro' cultivation puts biotechnology at the service of the nursery and the certification, because "it allows you to obtain plant material of unalterable health and genetic characteristics."