Dr. Barbara Reed Interview: Developing Cryopreservation Protocols for Plants

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Dr. Barbara Reed of the US Department of Agriculture, National Clonal Germplasm Repository, has spent her career working with tissue culture and cryopreservation of fruit crops. She was editor of a book, often referred to as ‘the Bible of Cryopreservation’, titled ‘Plant Cryopreservation: a Practical Guide‘. In this video, Dr. Joyce Maschinski questions her about […]

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Dr. Bart Panis Interview: Developing Cryopreservation Protocols for Plants

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Dr. Bart Panis is a renowned plant cryobiologist at Biodiversity International who developed a method of droplet vitrification. This protocol made it possible to cryopreserve the tropical banana, an incredibly difficult species to conserve in collections. In this interview, Dr. Joyce Maschinksi asks him about his methodology, how it can be used to cryopreserve other […]

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The Importance of Cryobiology for Plants with Dr. Hugh Pritchard

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Dr. Hugh Pritchard is a renowned botanist at The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. In this interview, conducted by Dr. Joyce Maschinski, he discusses how cryopreservation techniques are necessary to the conservation of important plant species where seed is unable to be stored using traditional seed banking methods. […]

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What makes a good cryobiologist?

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Talented cryobiologists Bart Panis, Shin-Ichi Yamamoto, Meera Das, Daniel Ballesteros, Chris O’ Brian, and Rachel Folgado describe what they believe makes for a good cryobiologist. Among the many qualities they discuss are such attributes as patience, fine motor skills, dedication, enthusiasm, a desire to preserve material for future generations, and above all, passion. […]

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