Cloning is one of those things your students might associate with science fiction or futuristic technologies, not something they do in a biology practical, because, well, it doesn’t usually work…until now.
Unlike previous methods used for school practicals, the technique shown in the above video provides a reliable way to carry out the practical that virtually guarantees to produce clones of a cauliflower. It was developed at The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew to allow scientists to clone plants without needing to be in a sterile lab and it’s already been used to save endangered species.
The key to the success of this technique is the sterile agar growth medium and we’ve made a separate video for technicians showing how to prepare this:
You can get further support materials for carrying out this practical at the Science and Plants for Schools website