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Plant Preservative Mixture (PPM), is a broad-spectrum biocide/fungicide for plant tissue culture. PPM™ is the ultimate solution to the never-ending struggle against microbial airborne, waterborne and endogenous contamination.
PPM™ is a heat stable preservative/biocide which can be used to effectively prevent or reduces microbial contamination in plant tissue culture.
At optimum doses, PPM™, which stands for Plant Preservative Mixture™, is an extremely effective Preservative/Biocide, yet does not impair in vitro seed germination, callus proliferation and callus regeneration.
Despite the most stringent use of sterile techniques, the contamination of plant cell and plant tissue cultures remain a persistent problem that can result in losses ranging from small number of cultures to the loss of whole batches.
PPM™ prevents the germination of both bacteria and fungi spores. It is heat stable and therefore can be autoclaved with the media.
PPM™ can be, and should be used as a standard ingredient in plant tissue culture media, and is also substantially less expensive than commonly used antibiotics.
While PPM™ was principally designed to inhibit airborne contamination, waterborne contamination and contamination introduced from human contact, it can also -- in many cases -- be used to reduce endogenous contamination.
The principal PCT scientist involved in the development of the PPM™ application is Dr. Assaf Guri. Dr. Assaf 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., Assaf worked with the Volcani Agricultural Research Center in Israel, Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan and DNAP in New Jersey.