KokoNiu aims to be the first to commercially market the somatic micropropagation technology of coconut plants globally. With the skills and knowledge gained through funding a 3 year research and development project with the University of Queensland, the aim is to set up a Coconut Tissue Culture (CTC) Laboratory to produce elite ‘true to type’ coconut plants.
KokoNiu intends to ensure the CTC Laboratory is compliant with the Department of Agriculture requirements for an approved arrangement. This would enable KokoNiu to import selected coconut tissue from overseas clients to the CTC Laboratory before propagating and exporting them to their port of preference, all the while under quarantine conditions.
Output from the CTC Laboratory is expected to reach 1 million plants per year in the second year of operations. Starting out in the laboratory the tissue culture, once it has formed developing shoots, is transferred to a growth room attached to the tissue laboratory. They remain there for 12 months while developing further into plantlets before being relocated to a nursery for acclimatisation prior to planting.