Approved sources of tissue cultures free of media

Update December 2020

Please note that due to a current backlog in the assessment of ex-agar facility applications, the review of existing facilities and other priorities, the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment advises that assessments for new facilities will be delayed. New applicants are advised that assessments will likely take a minimum of twelve months to finalise once all required information is received.

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

An offshore facility approved by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment to export 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 that the facility is sanitary, well maintained and producing high health tissue cultured plants. In some cases, verification visits may be required prior to approval.

Please note that the department undertakes assessment of facilities on a case-by-case basis. For this reason assessment times vary and additional information may be required before the assessment can be finalised. Assessments need to be balanced against other higher work priorities, in particular responding to emerging biosecurity risk.

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 fails to meet Australia's import requirements. Reinstatement of the facility is subject to an investigation to identify cause/s of non-compliance and an application of corrective action/s and a report of this is provided, by the relevant NPPO, to the department for consideration. An audit visit may be required prior to reinstatement.

Summary of import conditions for tissue cultures free of media:

  • The facility producing the tissue cultures must be a department approved source.
  • The tissue cultures must be free from any bacterial or fungal infection, live insects and any other extraneous contamination of biosecurity concern.
  • Tissue cultures must be aseptically transferred from growth media to sterile containers/tissue culture bags under supervision.
  • The tissue 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

Source Address Country
Foshan Sanshui Youngplants Co. Ltd Bagang village, Lubao town,
Sanshui District, Foshan City,
Guangdong Province 528139
Kunming Hasfarm Young Plants Ltd. Ha Hou Village, Xiao Jie Town, Song Ming County, Kun Min City China
Shanghai Mother Earth Horticulture Seedlings Co. Ltd 4716 Hunan Rd., Nanhui, Shanghai China
Sunshine Horticulture Co. Ltd North Sunshine Road, Shuangyang Town, Luojiang, Quanzhou, Fujian China
Twyford International Inc 100 mts Oeste del Super La Canastita, La Guacima de Alajuela, Apartado 429-4005, San Antonio de Belen, Heredia Costa Rica
Bock Bio Science GmbH Butemdieker, Landstrasse 49A, D-2800 Bremen 33 Germany
Wolfgang Bock Butemdieker, Landstrasse 49A, D-28357 Bremen Germany
Ankur Biotech B60b, KSSIDC Industrial Area, Industrial Estate Bommasandra, Anekal Taluk, Bangalore 560 099 India
Bangalore Horti Tech No.19/1, Near Gullahalli gate, Sidlaghatta Road, Sulibele Hobli, Hoskote Taluk, Bangalore Rural - 562122 India
Growmore Biotech Ltd 41-B, Sipcot Phase-II, Hosur – 635 103 (TN) India
K.F. Bioplants Pvt Ltd Sr. No. 129/1 to 3 C, Manjri (BK)
Tal: Haveli, Dist Pune 412307, (MH)
L.J. International Ltd Plot No. 10 & 11, C. S. E Z, Kakkanad, Cochin-30 India
Lowes TCI Tissue Culture (India) Private Limited 12/44, Rajiv Gandhi Nagar
Bangalore - 560068
Plantek International 23 Pattanagere, Next to Global Village, Rajarajeswary nagar, Bangalore 560 098 India
Plantek International Unit  #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, Pune India
PT. Bambu Nusa Verde Jl. Mangunan, Tebonan, Harjobinangun, Pakem, Sleman, Yogyakarta 55585 Indonesia
PT Monfori Nusantara Jl. Raya Jampang Karihkil Km. 4, Desa Tegal Kemang, Parung-Bogor 16310 Indonesia
PT Tamora Stekindo Jl. Sultan Serdang d/h Jl. Batangkuis, Desa Telaga Sari, Gang Pantai Rantam No. 8, Tanjung Morawa, Medan, 20362, North Sumatera Indonesia
Gadera Ltd Unit 1, IDA Industrial Estate, Dublin Road, Enniscorthy, Co, Wexford Ireland
GroAsia Biotech Sdn Bhd No. 46, Lorong Bakap Indah 1, Taman Bakap Indah, 14200 Sungai Bakap, Penang Malaysia
Malesiana Tropicals Lot 8 Jalan Jugan-Buso, Buso 94000, Kuching Sarawak Malaysia
​​Micro Pro Orchids ​No. 929, Lorong Desa Makmur 3/5, Taman Desa Makmur, 09600 Lunas, Kedah ​Malaysia​
Lifetech Laboratories Ltd 224 Albany Highway, Albany Auckland 0632 New Zealand
Vitroflora Philippines Inc. Purok-6 Brgy Hamorawon, Calbayog City, Western Samar, 6710 Philippines
Vitroflora Laboratorium Kultur Tkankowych, Karol Pawlak, ul. Bukowa 3, 86-065 Łochowo Poland
R&S Tissue Culture Laboratories (Pty) Ltd. FritzGrub Crescent, Riversdale, Western Cape, South Africa, 6670 South Africa
Royal Van Zanten Portion 375 Farm, Zoutpansdrift (along R511), Thabazunbi Road, Brits 0250 South Africa
Perfect Plants (PTY) Ltd. No. 4,  Bloemhof Road, Philippi 7750, Cape Town, South Africa, 7808 South Africa
Borneo Exotics (Pvt) Limited Sandigiri Farm, "Old Colony", Palmerston Junction, Lindula, Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Eco-Serene Biotech (Pvt) Ltd. Kolongasyaya Estate, Matiyagane, Sri Lanka  Sri Lanka
Hayleys Agro Biotech (Pvt) Ltd 400 Dean Road, Colombo-10 Sri Lanka
Mike Biotech Asia (pvt) No. 65/13, Orchid Place, Off Swarnadisi Place, Koswatta, Nawala, Rajagiriya Sri Lanka
Ramya Horticulture Pvt. Ltd. 459/1, Kandy Road, Rammuthugala, Kadawata, Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Serendib Horticulture Technologies (Pvt) Limited Kandy Road, Kalagedihena, Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Grand Biotechnology No 2 Industry E Road Science Based Industrial Park, Hsinchu Taiwan
Eastern Green Fields Co. Ltd 27/7 Moo 2, LiabKhlong Sam, Khlong Sam, KhlongLuang, PathumTha Ni 12120 Thailand
Thai Orchids Lab Co. Ltd. 10/14-16 Moo 5, Thakham, Sampran, Nakorn Pathom 73110 Thailand
Florist Holland BV Dwarsweg 15, 1424 PL De Kwakel The Netherlands
Perfect Plants Vitrocom BV (formally Vitrocom Holland BV) Broekpolderlaan 40, 2675 LJ, Honselersdijk The Netherlands
Hudson Plant Tissue Culture 530 Avalon Drive, Vista, CA 92084 USA
North American Plants, LLC 3367 St. Joseph Road, McMinnville, Oregon, 97128 USA
Oglesby Plants International Inc. 26664 SR 71 N, Altha, Florida 32421 USA
Last reviewed: 21 December 2020
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