A number of Iranian researchers at the University of Tehran produced a bioreactor, which, in addition to being capable of aeration — leading to an increase in plants’ growth pace, is far more economical to mass produce than its foreign counterparts.
The costs involved in the production of this bioreactor are five times less than those of its foreign counterparts, IRNA reported.
Today, diverse techniques and methods are used for cultivation of plants, particularly medicinal herbs, expensive flowers and strategic crops.
Each method and technique has its own advantages and disadvantages and is employed based on the type of crop to be produced and its exclusive cultivation conditions.
At present, plant tissue culture has become a highly popular method which is accelerated by using bioreactors. In fact, bioreactors are suitable devices for cultivation in fluid medium which, without using a large number of workforce, prepares the ground for micropropagation — the practice of rapidly multiplying stock plant material to produce a large number of progeny plants, using modern plant tissue culture methods.
The bioreactor produced by Iranian researchers is equipped with nutrition, discharging, ventilation and lighting systems. The Iranian product can be marketed at $10,000, whereas, its foreign counterparts are available for $58,139.
Commenting on the product, Ali Mansouri, a researcher involved in the project, said these devices, as factories for plant cultivation, are very important as all new technology based firms (NTBF) involved in this field cannot do without them in the future.