Early Detection Testing
Sexing of plants after the cotyledon stage. (Early Detection Gender Identification):
With DNA-based testing, it is possible to identify male cannabis plants weeks before they show any visual sex features. DNA is extracted from one of the plant’s leaflets, as early as the second set of true leaves. Males can then be removed from a grow in order to maintain female flowers rich in cannabinoids. This method is an improvement over traditional visual inspection because it allows growers to identify male plants earlier, more accurately, and with less labor.
Early Detection Powdery Mildew Testing:
Powdery Mildew can create a mycelium network on cannabis plants before it sporolates and can be visually detected. With DNA-based testing, cannabis cultivators can identify plants that are infected with powdery mildew before they show visual signs. From there, they can treat or remove the infected plants before the fungus has a chance to produce spores that will infect neighboring plants.
Early Detection Botrytis Testing:
Botrytis cinerea is a systemic mold infection in Cannabis. This mold is often called “Bud Rot” or “grey mold”. It can remain cryptic or dormant for long periods of time before it sporulates. The infection starts within the bud, making it difficult to detect in the early stages of infection. Peer-reviewed papers have also demonstrated that Botrytis is a systemic infection that can be passed to future generations via seeds.
Early Detection Russet Mites:
The microscopic Hemp Russet mite infects cannabis and can result in significant crop loss and chronic infestations. Russet mites are 200um x 45um and are thus invisible to the eye until late infection when their numbers begin to discolor the plant.
Russet mites are resistant to most pest treatments and thus care must be taken to screen incoming material to a grow operation. Visual detection of mature mites is possible with 14X objective loupe but eggs and nymphs likely escape convenient optical detection. They are believed to be hosts for other plant viruses.
Our Early Detection Russet Mite Testing is used to detect the presence of Russet Mites and their eggs on the cannabis plant before it is visible to the human eye.
Determining Cannabinoid Ratios:
Plant genetics can be coached to express varying concentrations of cannabinoids, but the relative ratios of the key cannabinoids, THCA and CBDA, are usually genetically determined. As an example, there are no known agricultural methods to make a CBDA-dominant strain become a THCA-dominant strain via environmental conditions. These critical chemotypes are governed by gene knockouts in their respective enzymatic synthases (CDBA Synthase and THCA Synthase).
Genomic sequencing of coding information (exons only) and Full genomic sequencing:
We use an assay that is larger than any other cannabis genetic sequencing service on the market. More data means you can better protect your strain from patents, better determine if your strain is unique, better identify genetic markers for breeding, and much more. You will have the ability to share genetic information with your customers and monitor strain consistency.