What is the difference between tissue culture and micropropagation?

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Dec 24, 2014

Tissue culture can create a plant directly, whereas micropropagation must use tissue cultures to create a new plant.

Both tissue cultures and micropropagation are forms of asexual reproduction and are found in the category of vegetative propagation , which is why they are commonly used synonymously. Both methods can be used to create thousands of identical plants in a small amount of time.

However, tissue culture is used to produce plants with a small amount of tissue from an already existing plant's growing tips. There is a jelly like substance in plants called agar which contain hormones and nutrients, this is used in tissue cultures to create plants identical to the original. This website provides an in depth look at the process of tissue culture specifically :(http://www.agriforestbiotech.com/tissue_culture/what_is_it.htm) .

Micropropagation, on the other hand, takes place after tissue culture go through phase one (cell initiation, the website above describes these steps in detail).

The plant is formed with the method of tissue culture, after that, the following formation of a new plant by multiplication of the first plant is known as micropropagation.