For the past 25 years, Australian Research and Development into coconut has centred on tissue culture, in particular, the ability to propagate coconut plants on a large scale. With 90% of the global coconut growing areas located in the Asia Pacific region, there is a massive market for new plants on our doorstep.
With this perfect storm unfolding, KokoNiu has entered into a collaboration with the University of Queensland (UQ) to commercialise the improved protocol of the somatic embryogenesis (SE) technology. In a nut shell (pun intended) we take the somatic embryo from the coconut flower and produce ‘true to type’ coconut plants identical to the Mother tree. The protocol developed will allow us to do this on a massive scale at a cost significantly less than current methods.