Maila - Plant Tissue Culture Laboratory Manager - Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Mmatshelo Maila

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa


Plant Tissue Culture Laboratory Manager

  • Full time
  • Part time
  • One time
  • Contract
  • Temp


I have worked and managed the plant tissue culture laboratory for 12 years under commercial mass propagation of fruit trees and ornamentals plants for local and overseas markets.

I am currently working at a University plant tissue culture laboratory empowering and supervising young plant tissue researchers in their post graduate research work of in vitro propagation of plants and working as a research and development co-ordinator.

Work History

Plant Laboratory manager

African Biotechnologies PTY (LTD)

From February 2001

My duties involved establishment and improving of plant propagation protocols, growing media preparations and modification, staff in-house training, supervision of 6 supervisors and 52 laboratory staff members, total planning of production and deliveries, initiation of new crops and corresponding with our clients on delivery schedules and the practice of a good laboratory hygiene and sterility for contamination free plants.


Kiwi plants mass propagation

Currently I am working on mass production of two exotic fruit plants (Kiwis), which were just introduced in South Africa Kiwi-fruit industry. Very exciting.

Qualifications & Certifications

PhD (plant tissue culturist, horticulture)


Lepono high, Tzaneen area.

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