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07.12.2017New Phytowelt team member: Roland Hornung – Head of plant laboratory
We are delighted to announce that Roland Hornung, an expert in plant breeding support, has joined our Phytowelt Team

His professional career started at the University of London, where he graduated 1995 with a Ph.D. in Horticulture at Wye College. During the following years he worked at Imperial College at Wye, i.a. heading the Unit for Advanced Propagation Systems and acting as Convenor for the MSc program in Sustainable Production in Tropical Environments. At Selecta Klemm, Dümmen and Iribov SBW he was heading the tissue culture laboratories for many years. He continued to work as a freelancer Senior Consultant and became the Co-Founder of VerdeVitro, a company offering a broad spectrum of tissue culture services. We are very excited to welcome him now to Phytowelt GreenTechnologies GmbH.

With 25 years of experience in different fields of plant breeding support and production, he enriches Phytowelt’s service portfolio of plant biotechnology () with following methods:

Consultation and Implementation of:

◦Somatic Embryogenesis
•Cryopreservation of a variety of species
◾Mass Reproduction

◦Protocol development (for all areas)
•Embryo Rescue
◾Mother Plant Building SEE

◾Meristem Culture (Rejuvenation)

◦Horizontal Genetransfer
◾Virus Elimination

◾Acclimatisation of in-vitro Materials

◦Protoplast Culture, Fusion and Plating Techniques

◦Initiation and Cultivation of Calli and Cell Suspension

◦Anther and Microspore Culture



His expert knowledge covers a wide range of:
•Temperate and Tropical Plants
•Roots, Tubers, Bulbs and Corms
•Tree Crops
•Vegetable Crops, Soft Fruit
•Plantation Crops with special reference to Palms
•Ornamental Plants

Additionally, we will offer you in the first quarter of 2018 a new service: flow cytometry. It would be a pleasure to analyse your (plant) material. Soon these services as well as the booking of analysis via flow cytometry will be offered by the Phytowelt Team and announced on our webpage. If you are interested please don’t hesitate to contact us today. Your contact partner is Ms. Janin Wascinski:, by phone: +49 1525/ 6820313.