Alcorn offers practical training on clonal propagation of muscadine

Alcorn State University invites farmers and all interested in agriculture to participate in a practical training workshop “Clonal Propagation of Muscadine” on its vineyard on the Lorman campus Thursday, June 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Held every summer by Dr. Girish Panicker, director of the Center for Conservation Research, and his staff, this workshop trains interested farmers on the proper methods of establishing vineyards and nursery businesses.

“This technique is applied to produce healthy plants identical in genotype with the mother plant, and is valuable for producing a relatively small number of plants of good size with minimum propagation facilities,” stated Panicker. “At our workshops the farmers master this useful technique, which allows for the production of large-sized and well rooted plants in a short time.”

This free practical training seeks to help farmers to establish muscadine vineyards, both organic and inorganic, and start nursery businesses by effectively utilizing the limited number of mother plants.
Refreshments will be served and all materials required will be provided free of cost. In addition, participants can return in two months for the well rooted plants also free of cost.

Farmers interested in participating are encouraged to register in advance by contacting the Center for Conservation Research at (601) 877-2204 or (601) 877-3370. For additional information about the Center for Conservation Research, contact Dr. Panicker at (601) 877-6598.