L7 Certificate in Laboratory Skills for Plant  Micropropagation (10 Credits)

CertificateLaboratory Skills for Plant Micropropagation

Part Time
Cork Road
12 weeks

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If you wish to make an application or for further details please contact our Part Time student helpdesk [email protected] or 051 302040.

This certificate will teach you how to do basic plant laboratory calculations, prepare growth  media, and establish and maintain aseptic working environments to propagate plant cultures using sterile culturing techniques.


12 weeks, 2 days per week during the daytime,   9.00am - 5.00pm. Waterford Institute of Technology



Assessment is by continuous assessment


Certificate in Laboratory Skills for Plant Micropropagation

How to apply 

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Adult Education Office, 

Cork Road, 


 •  Operating in a laboratory: using laboratory equipment and glassware correctly to  maintain sterility and prevent cross contamination. Preparing and sterilising nutrient   media and other common laboratory solutions, using calculations to establish dilutions,  molar concentration.

• Using laboratory equipment: calibration and use of a pH meter and a conductivity
meter and the safe use of centrifuges and autoclaves.
• Budgeting in the laboratory.
• Monitoring plants in a laboratory by measuring plant productivity / stress using specific parameters.
• Maintaining a culture covers the components of nutrient media, establishment and
continuous culture of plant callus and liquid cultures.
• Methods of inducing cell death in plants for scientific study, and enumerating different
types of cell death using staining techniques.

Leaving Certificate Chemistry and Biology or an equivalent Level 6 qualification. Please contact course leader Dr. Cara Daly [email protected] to discuss your qualifications.

Plant micropropagation is a valuable skill but is often not taught on traditional Horticulture or   Biology courses. Consequently, micropropagation-based innovations in the horticulture industry  remain unexploited due to poor understanding and/or absence of micropropagation skills and   training. In addition, prospective MSc or PhD research students who would like to work on Plant   Science research projects but do not possess micropropagation or aseptic technique skills from   their primary degree would benefit greatly from the skills training offered on the course.

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