We receive many questions frompeople interested in making the most of Nic-In Systems®. Below are some of the common questions asked by current and prospective customers and the answers we have to them.
No changes at all required, whatever the current laboratory protocol is.
No they do not. As a matter of fact Nic-In makes it easier for the operators, as they can fully concentrate on their cutting and planting technique, without being distracted by counting plants. The Nic-In System has a dedicated cell for each plantlet, so as long as the operator places a plantlet in each cell, he/she knows exactly how many plants are in each container.
It is not essential to use ‘Autogel’. We always recommend to firstly use your usual agar to try and find out if your own agar can handle the mechanical pressure of the transplanter without breaking up. Most agars are quite fragile and ‘Autogel’ was developed by our scientists to handle the mechanical pressure without breaking up.
Yes the Nic-In plastics are designed to be able to handle both Autoclaving as well as irradiation to be sterilized. We sell both sterilized and non-sterilized Nic-In containers and inserts.
No you do not and as a matter of fact, currently there are more nurseries that are using the Nic-In System® without a transplanter, then nurseries with a transplanter.
It is difficult to say that all tissue cultures can be grown in the Nic-In Systems®, however a very wide range of plants have been grown in our system, from ornamental grasses to indoor plants, to berry plants to forestry trees, lettuce for breeding as well as corn, cannabis, bananas, potatoes. For some plants we are currently making the tooling to produce taller boxes and after that we are developing trays with larger cells.
The plastics are indeed strong enough for multiple use. We suggest that if you want to re-use that it is best to just re-use the box, as it is the easiest to clean and use new tray inserts as they are much harder to clean and get sterile again. If you intend to re-use the tray, we charge a fee per plant produced which is explained in the users licence.
No you do not. The Nic-In System® includes a plant pro-biotic named ‘Jungle Juice’. The plant pro-biotic has been specially developed by our scientist and includes ‘friendly’ fungi that stop fungal infections and friendly bacteria that help with the root growth and development of the young plantlet. We suggest that you dip the tissue cultures in the ‘Jungle Juice’ just before transplanting.
It is important in the laminar flow cabinet to have the box into which the tissue cultures are being planted open for as short a period as possible, to reduce the risk of infections. Larger boxes with larger cells with more plants will take longer and this increases the risk of infection. For the transplanter there is no advantage to have larger trays with more plants, as it is able to transplant out of multiple Nic-In trays at once. For instance we have a transplanter that currently transplants out of 3 Nic-In trays at once, transplanting 21 plants at a time.
TTA are selling their Nic-In Midi transplanter, ready to transplant out of the Nic-In System. This is a standard Midi transplanter with some minor add-on’s, so this transplanter can be used in the nursery to transplant seedlings as well as tissue cultures.
The Nic-in insert tray has been granted 10 International Patent with 6 Divisional Patent covering ‘cross-border’ provisions, three Design and innovation Patents and three Patent Applications under Examination cover 36 jurisdictions worldwide. Several Nic-In Systems® Trade Marks have been granted in the EU and USA.