Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Important new development for both the medicinal and industrial use of hemp.
Scientists at the University of Minnesota have identified the genes in cannabis that allow the plant to produce THC. Finding the genes opens the path to either create drug-free hemp plants for industrial purposes, or to develop plants with much higher concentrations of the psychotropic chemical. (via PopSci.com)
In a related article, cultivars have been experimenting with Ruderalis/marijuana hybrids, in hopes of breeding potent auto-flowering strains. (via KindGreenBuds)