Throughout the year Agrostudies’ agronomists are busy teaching and enriching the students’ knowledge. Aside from the regular lessons that take place at the campuses, the agronomists often travel to the farms where the students are interning and offer them additional field courses that have a practical side to them.
One of these instructions is given by Elad, the agronomist at Kfar Silver in plant propagation. This instruction is in the different methods available to farmers so that they can create new plants from existing ones. Because the lesson is a field lesson, the students get to experiment and learn by doing the actual work.
Elad brought the students examples of different seed varieties and vegetable saplings, so they can see for themselves what each plant looks like with its complete root system intact.
He brought a planting tray with special fertilized soil allowing them to practice and fully understand the conditions necessary for germination.
There are various methods of reproducing plants. There are the obvious seeds, saplings, bulbs and the more sophisticated and expensive tissue culture method. Propagating plants through tissue culture is more difficult and many of the students will not have the opportunity to see or use this at home, but it is important for them to be aware of the technological and scientific possibilities that exist. This type of propagation is done in a lab by cutting tissue culture off the plant. This tissue culture differentiates and allows farmers to reproduce a large quantity of plants identical to the mother plant.
After undergoing this hands on field course the students are better equipped to plant their own plants and experiment with different propagation methods. Knowledge and experience they will take home and hopefully, propagate further to their peers and communities.