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Clones

Cloning of cannabis plants allows for a genetic replica to be produced from any plant. Whilst breeding seeds is generally carried out to explore new genetic pastures, often in an unpredictable and experimental fashion, cloning, as the name suggests, virtually ensures a consistent copy of a specific plant.

This is an obvious choice of method for producers, whether patients or commercial, as their desired plant can be repeatedly grown with consistent characteristics, ensuring their operation has a high level of efficiency and the end user receives a consistent product.

Alongside the traditional method taking and nurturing a cutting from a “mother” plant, popular in all areas of horticulture, has developed the laboratory based process of tissue culture (in-vitro) cloning.

The numerous advantages and possibilities this method affords has propelled it to a pioneering position in the cannabis and hemp industries:

– In commercial marijuana cultivation management, tissue cultures allow you to grow higher quality cannabis plants in smaller spaces without the need to keep mother plants for propagating cuttings.

– Exact copies are regenerated from small samples of the selected plant allowing rapid propagation with a substantial reduction in production costs from energy, water, nutrients, and labor.

– Tissue culture does not change the genetic material – rather it multiplies the genetic material, protecting your genetic stock from genetic drift.

– The sterile phase of tissue culture eliminates any carryover of pests or pathogens and guarantees that each grow cycle starts with plantlets that are capable of maximizing their genetic potential.

– In order for cannabis to become a true medical option, patients and doctors need assurance that the cannabis is free from microbial contaminants and pesticides and the cannabis product has consistent levels of active ingredients for accurate dosing.

– Cryo-preservation allows non-seed genetic plant material to be indefinitely stored at low temperatures to preserve the genetic makeup of the original mother plant.

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