Former Writtle University College (WUC) student, Mehmet Ugur Kahraman, is the co-author a ground-breaking new paper.
Mehmet worked with John Cullum, WUC lecturer in Horticultural Crop Production and Crop Science, to research 'Asymbiotic Germination and Seedling Development of Terrestrial Orchid Bletilla striata Using in vitro and ex vitro Cultures'.
The article has been featured within volume 38, issue 1, of Horticultural Studies.
Mehmet said: "The time I spent at Writtle University College was effective. It's a really valuable university and one of the rare institutions with research greenhouse facilities."
Mehmet's current work was inspired by research carried out while studying for an MSc in Horticulture (Crop Production) at WUC. He now investigates ornamental plant breeding in Antalya, Turkey, while completing a PhD.
He said: "The paper covers the germination of Bletilla (Chinese ground) orchid seeds under in vitro and ex vitro conditions. We used different plant nutrient medium to determine the suitable medium for Bletilla striata seed germination."
John said: "I am always delighted to see our former students' successes within the horticulture sector. Like so many of our graduates, Mehmet is making an important contribution to his chosen industry."
To read the full paper, click here.
For more information on Writtle University College's MSc Horticulture courses, click here.