Marzena Banasiak

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Marzena Banasiak


Assistant Research Officer
(Crop Biology Resource Centre)

MSc (University of Wroclaw, Poland)

Tel: +27-(0)31-508-7425
Role Contribute technical expertise to projects dealing with in vitro culture and precision breeding of sugarcane.
Expertise Tissue culture of sugarcane and eucalyptus

RITA® bioreactor system
Research Interests Minimal growth of sugarcane in vitro.

Direct and indirect morphogenesis of sugarcane in vitro, in semi-solid media and temporary immersion RITA® bioreactors.

Rooting and acclimatisation of tissue culture-derived plantlets.
Key Outcomes Involvement in scaling up production of NovaCane® plants for use in regional seedcane schemes
Key Publications Watt, M.P., Banasiak, M., Nicholson, T. and McAlister, B. (2006). Strategies for the selection of uncontaminated Eucalyptus explants for shoot multiplication in a temporary immersion system (RITA®) in a commercial laboratory. South African Forestry Journal 206:13-21.