In 1995, Plant Cell Technology (PCT) began to market a fun and interactive toy called Pet Plant. Pet Plant was a live plant growing in tissue culture media that parents and children could nurture and watch grow. The toy was a hit, but it had one problem: contamination. Many of the pet plants would become contaminated with fungus, bacteria, and mold.Â
After nearly a year of researching and testing solutions in our lab, in collaboration with Dr. Assaf Guri, we developed an antimicrobial solution that could effectively reduce and prevent contamination in our tissue culture plants, and Plant Preservative Mixture (PPMâ¢) was born.Â
Since that time, we have continued to perfect PPMâ¢, supplying thousands of labs and cultivators around the world with an effective solution to one of the greatest challenges in a tissue culture operation: airborne, waterborne, human contact, and endogenous contamination.
The tissue culture process has become an essential technology in todayâs global economy, with practical applications across a variety of industries - the cultivation of common produce, the preservation of endangered plant species, the propagation of essential crops in developing nations - the list goes on.Â
In response to the growing need for dependable tissue culture proproducts, we have continued to expand our offerings to provide our customers with solutions to their tissue culture needs. In addition to PPMâ¢, we now offer Supreme Grade Agar and Phytagel gelling agents, as well as a variety of laboratory equipment.Â
We are working with suppliers around the world to provide our customers with the highest quality products at the most affordable prices.Â
Yoni Kalin joined Plant Cell Technology in June 2018 as VP of Operations & Business Development. Yoni has a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.Â
Dr. Assaf Guri is the principal PCT scientist involved in the development of the PPMâ¢ application. Dr. Guri holds degrees in genetics, applied genetics and plant breeding from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Michigan State University in the US. Before joining Plant Cell Technology, Inc., Dr. Guri worked with the Volcani Agricultural Research Center in Israel, Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan and the DNAP in New Jersey.
Francisco Palacios is the Lab Director at PCTâs tissue culture laboratory. Palacios has a degree in Plant Molecular Genetics from the University of Tennessee. He is currently testing the capabilities of PPMâ¢, various gelling agents, along with a selection of complimentary products that will be added to our line of products in the near future. Francisco has been experimenting with tissue culture since his high school days.Â
Stephanie Wilson joined Plant Cell Technology in 2019 as Operations Manager. Stephanie holds a B.A. in Hospitality Administration and Management from Johnson & Wales University.Â
PCT is a family business and our customers are the very core of our family. We have supplied thousands of labs and cultivators with an affordable and effective solution to contamination for the past 20 years, and we have since expanded our offerings to include gelling agents and lab equipment.
Contact us if you have questions about our products, want to learn more about tissue culture, and or want to collaborate on research.
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