RESEARCH



Due to my expertise in plant tissue culture and plant transformation, I have collaborated extensively with other researchers . My current research interest is on the development, optimization, and refinement of micropropagation protocols using advanced technologies to meet Hawaii's nursery industry needs for clean and high-value new plants.

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECT

Cheah, K. T. (2009-2011). Improved micropropagation techniques and cultivar evaluation programs for selected new dracaenas for Hawaii. CSREES HATCH project.

RITA bioreactor

New application of existing micropropagation technology based on RITA temporary immersion bioreactors for the micropropagation of Dracaena deremensis 'Lisa'.

A new protocol for micropropagation resulted in 200 plantlets produced via the new protocol. A graduate student, Lee Chaille, used this project as a basis for his Masters qualifying paper and a publication is in preparation.

The plantlets have been rooted and are in the greenhouse awaiting evaluation of height, leaves, color, fullness, packaging, and marketability.

PUBLICATIONS

Peer-Reviewed

Service

Patents

Proceedings

GRANTS AWARDED