Thanks Mediahound for the suggestion on using the advanced post.
I started out reading Plants from test tubes. It's a good book and a good place to start but I found, at least for me, some of the simplest things are over looked. Take the size of a cutting you use in tissue culture. There seems to be a bit more info out there on it now but, in 2007 I spent a good deal of time just trying to find out that basic question. During searches of images and websites I found many images of plants already growing in tissue culture but it took quite a while before I got the idea of what size of cutting I should use for different plants.
A new version of Plants from Test Tubes is coming out next year about this time. Volume 4 is now being written/updated by Dr. Michael E. Kane. I excited about how he will update it. He says he wants to keep the charm that Lydiane Kyte and John Kleyn created in the original volume but, Dr. Kane wants make it more modern. Dr. Kane is a “teacher’s teacher” of plant tissue culture. I’m sure his additions to the book will help make it more “friendly” to beginners.
In case you’re are interested, Dr. Mike Kane is holding workshops about plant tissue culture at University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida on July 12 - 15. http://hort.ufl.edu/2010_Plant_TC_Workshop.pdf
Dr. Carol Stiff will be holding several workshops this year. I plan on going to the one at the Kankakee Community College being held Sept. 18th, (the date has changed from the website. It is now on the 18th of Sept.). You can check the workshop schedules here:
Home Tissue Cutlure Workshops
Bob Cannon is organizing a workshop for Dr. Carol Stiff some time in July in Palmetto Florida. Thye need a few more to get a workshop going. If you are interested check Bob's page here:
How to Propagate Plants Start