Abstract Detail

Enriching basic and applied botany through multi-stakeholder collaborations

Masalia, Rishi [1], Klein, Laura [2].

Back to Canna-basics: investigating Cannabis label fidelity.

Cannabis fever is taking over the United States. Used medicinally, recreationally and functionally (i.e., fiber, construction, etc.) for millennia, Cannabis has a global distribution and deep ties to human culture. In recent history, the Cannabis industry in the US has been heavily influenced by its Schedule I classification. Despite this prohibition, Cannabis cultivation still persists underground and in isolation. With public opinion quickly changing, more states are legalizing Cannabis, enabling the scientific community to investigate this plant, allowing us to pose basic biological questions about genetic diversity and ancestry. To explore the current breadth of genetic diversity in Cannabis and how that relates to naming conventions, we present analyses of genome-wide SNP data from a large collection of Cannabis accessions. In this talk, I will explore our recent work indicating discrepancies in Cannabis labeling and genetic clustering based on classic Cannabis ideotypes (i.e., Indica and Sativa). As prohibition of Cannabis wanes, understanding genetic diversity and its relationship with cultivar identification is imperative for advancing the Cannabis industry across all uses.

1 - LeafWorks Inc., 403 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol, CA, 95472, United States
2 - 720 Lohrman Ln, Petaluma, CA, 94952, United States

applied botany
population genomics

Presentation Type: Colloquium Presentations
Session: COL03, Enriching basic and applied botany through multi-stakeholder collaborations
Location: Virtual/Virtual
Date: Thursday, July 30th, 2020
Time: 10:15 AM
Number: COL03001
Abstract ID:199
Candidate for Awards:None

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