Short Courses

Plant Tissue Culture

Study plant tissue culture to enhance your current knowledge on plant formation, assist in the continued existence of vital species of plant life and increase your understanding of the structure of plants for personal or career enhancement. Melbourne Polytechnic's Plant Tissue Culture training program will add extra green to your thumb.

Course Code: SOH019

Take your horticultural knowledge a step further

You may already be a professional grower of specialised plants, looking for a much faster and more sterile means of propagating plant material that has been registered with a PBR; or you may be a specialist grower who requires the skills to set up your own tissue culture area to grow plants in the future.

Specialised training to enhance your career

Achieve knowledge in the highly specialised field of plant tissue culture studies and micro-propagation of native and exotic plants to produce vigorous growth. Skills and knowledge gained in this course may lead to you to a career as: plant propagator, horticulture laboratory technician ,botanist, plant nursery assistant/manager






Horticulture and Landscaping
03 9269 8615


13 weeks
Total Hours: 45

Course Outline

  • OH&S and introduction to plant tissue culture; the stages of micropropagation.
  • Sources of contamination & aseptic techniques.
  • Basic botany; micropropagation stage 1.
  • Culture media & its components.
  • Plant hormones & their effects
  • Basic plant nutrients.
  • Subculturing; micropropagation stages 2 & 3; discussion of the assignment.
  • Micropropagation stage 4.
  • Deflasking & the glass house environment.
  • Problems in micropropagation.
  • Other tissue culture techniques.
  • Optimising micropropagation techniques
  • Setting up a micropropagion lab; micropropagation at home; course review.

Course Outcomes

  • This program will provide participants with the skills and knowledge to prepare tools, propagation materials and the workspace, use a range of tissue culture propagation techniques, understanding the appropriate growing environment, recording the propagation activities as well as researching plant material.

Suitable For

  • Melbourne Polytechnic’s Plant Tissue Culture training program is designed for people who wish to develop or enhance their skills in micro propagation techniques.



No concession or government funding applies

Payment Options:

  • Cash - paid in person at any campus or a Skills and Jobs Centre
  • Credit Card
  • Invoice - paid by the company or job agencies

Assessment Methods

No formal assessment.


Plant knowledge and or basic chemistry is recommended.

Course Cancellation or Postponement

Courses with low enrolments may be cancelled or delayed. You will be notified of this 48 hours prior to course commencement.
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