Biological Association of Nairobi University Students (BANUS) members at work during the cleanup exercise
The Biological Association of Nairobi University students, together with laboratory technicians on November 16, 2016 carried out a cleaned up of the greenhouse located at School of Biological Sciences. The exercise was guided by renowned researchers from the School of Biological Sciences such as Prof Kabaru. The cleaning involved arrangement of Hydroponics containers, sweeping out unnecessary litter, clearing of surrounding bushes and cleaning of the transparent roof to increase light penetration.
The greenhouse is a vital facility in the College of Biological and Physical Sciences. It is the best place to plant seedlings used in laboratories as samples or testing performance of seedlings after tissue culture and to carry out sensitive experiments using techniques like hydroponics.
The Biological Association of Nairobi University students also used the occasion to train its members on tissue culture and hydroponics. Tissue culture is a method of production of large quantities of clean (pathogen free) seedlings in laboratories. In recent years, Tissue Culture has gained high demand in Kenya. It is also an efficient method of reproducing plant samples when conducting research. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants in a nutrient solution root medium; it is very advantageous as it provides expedited growth of the plants being grown.
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