Putting a future avocado apocalypse on ice

10 Sep 2020

The supply of smashed ‘avo’ is secure for generations after world-first research cryopreserved the tips of avocado shoots and then revived them to create healthy plants.

University of Queensland PhD student Chris O’Brien has developed the first critical steps to create a cryopreservation protocol for avocado which had never been achieved until now, despite more than 40 years of research.

Mr O’Brien has been working with UQ Centre for Horticultural Science’s Professor Neena Mitter and Dr Raquel Folgado from The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in California to perfect the technique.

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