Unlike humans who roar in vain
I, supposedly deaf dumb, with no brain
feel the same degree of pain
And what’s lost I certainly regain.
Haberlandt, a name not to dread
Saw my ability and the word got spread
Called it Tissue Culture, a landmark breakthrough
Regeneration of entire plants from a tiny tissue
My abilities find myriad application
Raising thousands of plants without variation
Rapid production even when it’s not in season
While introducing genetic transformation
As scientists, on a new path tread
Ensuring millions security of their bread
Growing crops of a uniform kind
Despite the process being a tough grind
Natural totipotency aided by hormones
as well as wound induced differentiations
Recombinant DNA studies, genome characterisation
Molecular genetics and gene transfer find an application
Ensuring year round production
While assisting genetic preservation
Disease free plants, high yielding varieties
Providing nutrient rich food across societies
My natural regenerative ability
Offers you a scope for Sustainability
From food production to the scientific zone
Plants endangered, vulnerable and prone.
Human endeavours lay my mysteries bare
More they discover, further they care
Realising the challenges in humanity’s sight
Restore thy faith in the nature’s might.
Totipotency is the ability of a cell to generate an entire individual. Plant cells exhibit remarkable totipotency which explains their regenerative potential and this natural ability was observed by Haberlandt in the early 20th century and he proposed Tissue Culture technique which has over the years addressed a lot of human problems ranging from food security to scientific pursuits.
Abhismita Roy is a versatile Environment enthusiast and an Assistant Professor of Botany with interests lying at the vibrant intersection of River Ecology, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Ecorestoration. Outside of science, she is a passionate plant parent, a bibliophile, an enthusiastic dancer and a music aficionado.
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