Michael Grant

Tissue Culture Technician
Natural Resources Canada

Current research and/or projects

Joined the Canadian Forest Service in 1982

Responsibilities:

  • Somatic embryogenesis experiments using seed from hardwood non-timber forest species such as Swietenia, Cedrela, and Toona
  • Tissue culture experiments using buds of Cedrela, Taxus canadensis, and Salix species
  • Maintenance and maturation experiments of embryogenic conifer tissue lines
  • Cryopreservation of spruce and pine tissue lines in liquid nitrogen and development and maintenance of cryopreservation inventory
  • Maintaining and sampling Taxus canadensis plantation experiments and clone banks
  • Sampling Taxus, butternut, beech, and Salix buds; dissecting them aseptically for tissue culture experiments
  • Sampling, cleaning, and storing butternut and beech seed

Education and awards

Three years towards a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry and supplementary courses in Plant Biology, Bacteriology, and Biochemistry