CanBreed launched the world’s first utterly secure and genetically uniform hashish hybrid seeds
(PRESS RELEASE): The marketing of CanBreed-stable cannabis seeds, which enable standardization in the cannabis industry, is expected in 2021
CanBreed, a leading Israeli cannabis genetics and seeds company engaged in the development and improvement of cannabis seeds, is proud to have completed the development of the world’s first known stable and uniform hybrid cannabis seeds. In this way, the company brings a solution to the main problem facing the cannabis industry, which suffers from a lack of uniformity and standardization due to a lack of genetic stability in cannabis plants, which also leads to high production costs that affect the producers’ profits. Stable and uniform hybrid seeds with improved genetics are the solution to both problems.
After more than three years of intensive research and development, CanBreed completed the development of the first uniform homozygous (100% stable) parent cannabis lines in June 2020. Crossing these parent lines creates the world’s first true F1 hybrid cannabis seeds. The company has completed the world’s first production cycle for F1 hybrid seeds. These stable hybrids ensure the reproducibility, standardization and high quality of the raw materials for the entire cannabis industry.
In the current cycle, CanBreed has produced dozens of stable new strains with different genetic backgrounds that will be planted for testing at CanBreed’s breeding and seed production farm, which is in the final stages of its development. At the end of the selection phase, which is expected to be completed in the first half of 2021, the seeds of the varieties that meet the requirements of the industry will be marketed.
Unlike most agricultural crops grown from stable seeds, cannabis plants are currently vegetatively propagated by cloning using cuttings from mother plants. Cloning is done to ensure genetic identity between the offspring and the mother plants, something that could not previously be achieved by growing cannabis from seeds because of the lack of stable cannabis seeds.
The main cause of the lack of standardization in the industry is that the raw material obtained from cannabis plants grown from cuttings is not reproducible. On the one hand, cloning ensures genetic identity between the offspring and the mother plant; on the other hand, the cloning methods that exist today (such as tissue cultures) do not prevent the mother plants from aging. Similar to the natural aging processes that take place in a living organism (including humans), mother plants accumulate age-related mutations and changes in the
Genome that causes differences in the chemical profile of the plant. This means that the chemical profile of the offspring differs from that of the young mother plants despite their genetic identity.
The reason why it has not previously been possible to obtain reproducible and consistent cannabis products by growing cannabis from seeds is that all cannabis strains on the market today are heterozygous (genetically unstable) and the cross between two unstable cannabis strains Produces seeds with high genetic variation. Therefore, today, any seed that grows on a plant resulting from the crossing of two unstable plants is genetically different from all other seeds of the same plant. The fact that all the seeds in a given cannabis plant are different means that plants grown from those seeds, even though they come from the same plant, will have a different genetic profile. Hence, to date, the only method available to cannabis breeders to preserve the genetic identity of their offspring has been to clone mother plants.
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