University of Florida

Research Projects


Application of in vitro technology and plant selection in the propagation and production of native dune plants to be used in dune restoration and stabilization.

Research in these study areas conducted under CRIS Project #ENH-04229.

Specific Projects

  1. In vitro and ex vitro genotype characterization of the Florida sea oats, Uniola paniculata. Researchers involved: Michael Kane and Nancy Philman
  2. Physiological and structural basis for low survival of in vitro propagated Uniola paniculata genotypes during ex vitro acclimatization. Researchers involved: Michael Kane, Sandra Wilson, and Carmen Valero-Aracama


Native and ornamental aquatic and wetland plant selection, storage, production, reintroduction, and growth potential assessment.

Research in these study areas conducted under CRIS Project #ENH-04229.

Specific Projects

  1. Native aquatic and wetland plant ecotypic selection, storage, production, and reintroduction for enhanced environmental function. Researchers involved: Michael Kane and Nancy Philman
  2. Micropropagation protocol development for ornamental aquatic plants. Researchers involved: Michael Kane and Nancy Philman
  3. Application of in vitro culture assessment of aquatic plant growth potential. Researchers involved: Michael Kane and Nancy Philman


Ecology, growth and development of rare and endangered Florida Orchidaceae through symbiotic and asymbiotic seed germination, genetic diversity analysis, pollination ecology, and plant translocation.

Research in these study areas conducted under CRIS Project # ENH-04230.

Specific Projects

  1. Ecology, growth and development of Florida Orchidaceae -- the genera Habenaria and Spiranthes. Researchers involved: Michael Kane and Scott Stewart
  2. Conservation biology and seed propagation of Cyrtopodium punctatum from Florida. Researchers involved: Michael Kane and Daniela Dutra


Influence of genetics and environment on the in vitro culture of Florida Calopogon (Orchidaceae).

Specific Project

  1. Study of genetic, environmental and geographic factors that affect the in vitro growth and development of Florida Calopogon species. Researchers involved: Wagner Vendrame, Michael Kane, Phil Kauth


Plant regeneration and mass propagation of Vanda hybrids and species.

Specific Project

  1. Micropropagation and mass production of Vanda, with potential for conservation. Researchers involved: Michael Kane and Tim Johnson

In vitro propagation by shoot organogenesis of Dieffenbachia.

Specific Project

  1. Indirect shoot organogenesis and selection of somaclonal variants for new cultivar development in Dieffenbachia. Researchers involved: Jianjun Chen, Michael Kane, Xiuli Shen