Approved sources of tissue cultures free of media

​​​​What is a tissue culture free of media approved source?

An offshore facility approved by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources to export high health tissue cultures free of media to Australia. Facilities not listed as an approved source cannot export tissue cultures free of media to Australia.

What is the approval process?

To be approved, a facility must supply details of their facility and operational procedures to the department. The department conducts a desk audit taking into account how the tissue cultures are propagated, packaged and screened for diseases prior to export as well as other aspects including, the security and sanitation of the facility. In addition, the overseas National Plant Protection Organisation (NPPO) must inspect the facility to provide the department with an assurance the facility is sanitary, well maintained and producing high health tissue cultured plants.

If you would like to become an approved source of tissue cultures free of media please contact Plant Import Operations 1800 900 090 or email.

How long is the facility approved for?

Approved facilities will be reviewed by the department every two years to ensure that the ownership and operational procedures remain unchanged, and that the company wishes to retain their approval to export tissue cultures free of media to Australia.

If you would like to be removed from the tissue culture free of media approved source list please contact Plant Import Operations 1800 900 090 or email.

All tissue cultures will continue to be monitored and inspected at the Australian border. The department reserves the right to revoke or suspend the approval status of any facility that repeatedly fails to meet Australia's import requirements.

Summary of import conditions for tissue cultures free of media:

  • The facility producing the tissue cultures must be a department approved source.
  • The cultures must be free from any bacterial or fungal infection, live insects and any other extraneous contamination of biosecurity concern.
  • The cultures must be contained in sealed, sterile containers/tissue culture bags that prevent the passage of organisms and contamination into and out of the containers.
  • The tissue culture containers/bags must be visually clear in construction so as to allow for the on arrival inspection by the Biosecurity Officer.
  • The consignment must be accompanied by a Phytosanitary certificate containing the following declaration:
  • “Prior to the removal of the plant tissue from media, the tissue cultures were inspected and found to be free of contamination. The plant tissue was aseptically transferred under supervision to sterile containers which were then sealed and not subsequently re-opened”.

Note: Importers must hold a valid import permit and check specific import requirements for species they wish to import. The department also recommends that approved facilities regularly check Australian import requirements. Import conditions are publicly available on the Biosecurity Imports Conditions (BICON).

Department approved sources of tissue cultures free of media

Foshan Sanshui Youngplants Co. LtdBagang village, Lubao town,
Sanshui District, Foshan City,
Guangdong Province 528139
Shanghai Mother Earth Horticulture Seedlings Co. Ltd4716 Hunan Rd., Nanhui, ShanghaiChina
Sunshine Horticulture Co. LtdNorth Sunshine Road, Shuangyang Town, Luojiang, Quanzhou, FujianChina
Kunming Hasfarm Young Plants Ltd.Ha Hou Village, Xiao Jie Town, Song Ming County, Kun Min CityChina
Twyford International Inc100 mts Oeste del Super La Canastita, La Guacima de Alajuela, Apartado 429-4005, San Antonio de Belen, HerediaCosta Rica
Bock Bio Science GmbHButemdieker, Landstrasse 49A, D-2800 Bremen 33Germany
Wolfgang BockButemdieker, Landstrasse 49A, D-28357 BremenGermany
Ankur BiotechB60b, KSSIDC Industrial Area, Industrial Estate Bommasandra, Anekal Taluk, Bangalore 560 099India
Bangalore Horti TechNo.19/1, Near Gullahalli gate, Sidlaghatta Road, Sulibele Hobli, Hoskote Taluk, Bangalore Rural - 562122India
Lowes TCI Tissue Culture (India) Private Limited12/44, Rajiv Gandhi Nagar
Bangalore - 560068
K.F. Bioplants Pvt LtdSr. No. 129/1 to 3 C, Manjri (BK),
Tal: Haveli, Dist Pune 412307 (MH)
L.J. International LtdPlot No. 10 & 11, C. S. E Z, Kakkanad, Cochin-30India
Plantek International23 Pattanagere, Next to Global Village, Rajarajeswary nagar, Bangalore 560 098India
Plantek InternationalUnit  #2 171/1 Arasinakunte, Near rural police station, Nelamangala, Tumkur Road, Bangalore 562 123 India
Rise n' Shine Biotech Pvt. Ltd.301/2, Metro House, Mangaldas Road, PuneIndia
PT. Bambu Nusa VerdeJl. Mangunan, Tebonan, Harjobinangun, Pakem, Sleman, Yogyakarta 55585Indonesia
PT Monfori NusantaraJl. Raya Jampang Karihkil Km. 4, Desa Tegal Kemang, Parung-Bogor 16310Indonesia
PT Tamora StekindoJl. Sultan Serdang d/h Jl. Batangkuis, Desa Telaga Sari, Gang Pantai Rantam No. 8, Tanjung Morawa, Medan, 20362, North SumateraIndonesia
Gadera LtdUnit 1, IDA Industrial Estate, Dublin Road, Enniscorthy, Co, WexfordIreland
Malesiana TropicalsLot 8 Jalan Jugan-Buso, Buso 94000, Kuching SarawakMalaysia
​​Micro Pro Orchids​No. 929, Lorong Desa Makmur 3/5, Taman Desa Makmur, 09600 Lunas, KedahMalaysia
GroAsia Biotech Sdn BhdNo. 46, Lorong Bakap Indah 1, Taman Bakap Indah, 14200 Sungai Bakap, PenangMalaysia
Lifetech Laboratories Ltd224 Albany Highway, Albany Auckland 0632New Zealand
Vitroflora Philippines Inc.Purok-6 Brgy Hamorawon, Calbayog City, Western Samar, 6710Philippines
VitrofloraLaboratorium Kultur Tkankowych, Karol Pawlak, ul. Bukowa 3, 86-065 ŁochowoPoland
R&S Tissue Culture Laboratories (Pty) Ltd.FritzGrub Crescent, Riversdale, Western Cape, South Africa, 6670South Africa
Royal Van ZantenPortion 375 Farm, Zoutpansdrift (along R511), Thabazunbi Road, Brits 0250South Africa
Perfect Plants (PTY) Ltd.No. 4,  Bloemhof Road, Philippi 7750, Cape Town, South Africa, 7808South Africa
Borneo Exotics (Pvt) LimitedSandigiri Farm, "Old Colony", Palmerston Junction, Lindula, Sri LankaSri Lanka
Hayleys Agro Biotech (Pvt) Ltd400 Dean Road, Colombo-10Sri Lanka
Mike Biotech Asia (pvt)No. 65/13, Orchid Place, Off Swarnadisi Place, Koswatta, Nawala, RajagiriyaSri Lanka
Ramya Horticulture Pvt. Ltd.459/1, Kandy Road, Rammuthugala, Kadawata, Sri LankaSri Lanka
Serendib Horticulture Technologies (Pvt) LimitedKandy Road, Kalagedihena, Sri LankaSri Lanka
Grand BiotechnologyNo 2 Industry E Road Science Based Industrial Park, HsinchuTaiwan
Eastern Green Fields Co. Ltd27/7 Moo 2, LiabKhlong Sam, Khlong Sam, KhlongLuang, PathumTha Ni 12120Thailand
Thai Orchids Lab Co. Ltd.10/14-16 Moo 5, Thakham, Sampran, Nakorn Pathom 73110Thailand
Anthura BVAnthuriumweg 7-9, 2665 KV BleiswijkThe Netherlands
Florist Holland BVDwarsweg 15, 1424 PL De KwakelThe Netherlands
IribovSBW B.V.Middenweg 591 B, 1704 BH HeerhugowaardThe Netherlands
Konst Alstroemeria B.VNieuwveensJaagpad 93, 2441 GA, NieuwveenThe Netherlands
Vitrocom Holland BVBroekpolderlaan 40, 2675 LJ HonselersdijkThe Netherlands
Vitro Ferns BVKalslagerweg 20, 1424 PM De KwakelThe Netherlands
North American Plants, LLC3367 St. Joseph Road, McMinnville, Oregon, 97128USA
Oglesby Plants International Inc.26664 SR 71 N, Altha, Florida 32421USA

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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