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An anther culture is created through a plant culturing technique in which immature pollen is made to divide and grow into tissue (either callus or embryonic tissue) in either a liquid medium or on solid media.

Pollen-containing anthers are removed from a flower and put in a culture medium; some microspheres survive and develop into tissue. If embryonic tissue develops, it's put in a medium favorable for shoot and root development; if it's callus tissue, it's put in a solution of hormones that will spur it to differentiate and develop shoot and root tissue.


This writeup is based on work I did for the science dictionary at http://biotech.icmb.utexas.edu/