Plant Tissue Culture Laboratory (PTCL) Bangalore

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In an expansive campus of about 2000 acre, the laboratory is preceded by its repute for sporting one of the well created “Theme Gardens”. The theme of this garden is rightfully associated with the “Concept of Tissue Culture and Biotechnology” and brought forth by some of the structures and the layout of the entire garden.

Dr. Gottlieb Haberlandt

One of the most eye catching sculptures is the sculpture of Dr. Gottlieb Haberlandt who for his findings in plant tissue culture and for the development of the concept of totipotency has rightly been called as the “Father of Plant Tissue Culture”. This sculpture also happens to be the second sculpture of Dr. Haberlandt in the whole world. The first being the one in his native, Austria.

The other sculpture which adds life to the theme of the garden is the sculpture which gives deeper insight into plant tissue culture and the concept of totipotency. In this sculpture, one will be able to see stubble of the felled tree being able to sprout new shoots indicating that any cell in a plant has the ability to regenerate into a whole plant. The belief that life finds its own course and way of survival is best depicted by this masterpiece by a master sculptor, Mr. Jaganath Jakkepalli .

The other works of art which one can see is that of Murashige and Skoog. Murashige and SkoogThe endeavor of this teacher-student duo has helped in the creation of the highly popular nutrient culture medium - MS media. As MS media is the requisite for most works in plant tissue culture, their works are honorably acknowledged through this dedicated piece of art. The subtle implication of the teacher pupil relationship is depicted, as the two are seen having a deep intellectual conversation over a cup of tea. The sight upholds the attention of all the viewers, conveying that great thoughts sprout only when the Professor is deeply and sincerely committed to his profession and passion of pursuit, while sharing a healthy relationship with the student.

Watson and Crick

The roof of the Plant Tissue Culture Laboratory, both literally and practically, is supported by a DNA double Helix structure which was first discovered by Watson and Crick. The sculptures of these two remarkably great visionaries of science, which are quite smaller than the structure of the double Helix and seen looking at their discovery with an appreciative eye, marveling at the fact that their discovery has attained such an iconic status in the history of life sciences.

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