To see the future of Cannabis production, look no further than wheat, corn or soy
Becoming a Competitive Business
The future success of these pioneering licensed cannabis producers will depend on their ability to remain competitive. To accomplish this, they will have to increase crop yields, meet exacting quality standards, protect crops from herbivores and diseases, and adopt sustainable business strategies in the face of rising competition, falling prices and reduced margins.Cannabis and Hemp face the same challenges as traditional crops including harmful pests and plant diseases, both fungal and viral. Pesticides, fungicides and herbicides developed for non-Cannabis plants cannot always be applied to Cannabis or Hemp and many of these treatments are illegal or “off-label” to use. Further, when certain of these chemicals are applied to Cannabis, which may then be heated for extraction or smoking, they can become
Big Science Comes to Cannabis – Trait Bioscience
Trait Bioscience is bringing big science to the emerging, multi-billion-dollar, global Cannabis and Hemp industry.Trait has assembled a team of world renowned plant scientists who have developed and are developing novel, natural plant technologies that will protect crops from mildew, fungus, viruses, and pests as well as devloping agricultural technologies leveraging the plant’s natural metabolic pathways to substantially increase yields.The firm’s science boosts yield in two ways. The first is via patented technology that allows Cannabis plants to produce in excess of 4x the cannabinoids, the active plant compound. Using advanced biological techniques, Trait enables the plant to naturally produce sugars that allow cannabinoids to accumulate throughout the entire plant, including leaves, stems and roots, as opposed to only in the trichomes (the hair-like structures on flowers).Second, by allowing storage of these cannabinoids throughout the plant, Trait eliminates the need to harvest during the flowering stage at 20 weeks; harvest
can now take place after just 10 weeks when plant biomass is optimal. By cutting the harvest cycle in half and enabling plant-wide cannabinoid production, Trait technology can boost overall yield four-fold.
Industry-First Water Soluble Solution
Trait AG tech also allows plants to produce industry-first, truly water soluble, full spectrum cannabinoids. Existing oil-based cannabinoid products can be difficult to formulate into food and beverages and are not as readily absorbed by the body as are water soluble molecules. Currently, technology allows for cannabinoids in lipid nano-emulsions, which are water compatible, but separate from the aqueous layer – like oil and vinegar salad dressing – over time. The world of agriculture is dominated by global companies that focus on food crops. To date none of them have entered the bourgeoning Cannabis space. Trait Biosciences is aggressively working to fill this void and become a pioneer in cannabinoid yield and plant protection thus broadening the potential for and applications of the Cannabis plant.