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OUR TECHNOLOGY VS. OLD TECHNOLOGY

WHY IS OUR
TECHNOLOGY DIFFERENT?

We sequence tens of thousands of genetic markers (also known as loci or genes) from each sample, that we use to generate a unique profile or fingerprint for each strain. Even within strains there is genetic variation, so it is critical to sequence as many loci as possible. Moreover, each marker needs to be sequenced multiple times to make sure there are no errors during the sequencing process. Tru-Breed sequences tens of thousands of loci at over 10X coverage, leading the industry in precision and repeatability.

Tru Breed

technology

Old

technology

traits + breeding

WHAT IS CANNABIS
GENOMIC ARCHITECTURE?

Beyond our ability to fingerprint your strain at tens of thousands of loci, we can also explore the genetic basis of economically and ecologically important traits. Click on the different traits below to see their different genomic architectures.

FLOWERING TIME

One trait we are particularly interested in is autoflowering. Autoflowering plants do not flower in response to changes in daylight, but rather flower automatically after a set period of time after germination. The original autoflowering plants were created in Europe by crossing a domesticated strain with a wild specimen of Cannabis ruderalis, and then backcrossing to remove the C. ruderalis background while leaving the autoflowering genes behind. Autoflowers decrease crop turnaround time by eliminating the vegetative stage, and can add biomass more rapidly since they do not require lengthy dark cycles. However, eliminating all of the C. ruderalis background is critical for retaining the original strains' phenotype.

Leaf shape

Some seemingly simple traits are actually controlled by many different genes. Plant height and leaf shape are frequently used as indicators of indica or sativa ancestry, however many breeders consider these traits "labile" or easy to change through traditional crossing and selection. Some breeders prefer short and dense canopies to maximize space use indoors, while the same phenotype may be susceptible to rot when grown outdoors. We are building a catalog of Cannabis traits and genotypes that will one day help cultivators dial in their genetics to the particular climate or cultivation type being used.

CHEMISTRY

We still know very little about the genes that control the production of many of the most interesting chemicals in Cannabis. The genes controlling the synthesis of THC, CBD, terpenes, and other compounds are numerous and distributed throughout the genome. We are interested in knowing the location of those genes so that we can help traditional breeders select traits faster and more precisely, using experimental methods such as Marker Assisted Selection, and cutting-edge computational approaches such as Admixture Mapping.

FLOWERING TIME

We still know very little about the genes that control the production of many of the most interesting chemicals in Cannabis. The genes controlling the synthesis of THC, CBD, terpenes, and other compounds are numerous and distributed throughout the genome. We are interested in knowing the location of those genes so that we can help traditional breeders select traits faster and more precisely, using experimental methods such as Marker Assisted Selection, and cutting-edge computational approaches such as Admixture Mapping.

Leaf shape

Some seemingly simple traits are actually controlled by many different genes. Plant height and leaf shape are frequently used as indicators of indica or sativa ancestry, however many breeders consider these traits "labile" or easy to change through traditional crossing and selection. Some breeders prefer short and dense canopies to maximize space use indoors, while the same phenotype may be susceptible to rot when grown outdoors. We are building a catalog of Cannabis traits and genotypes that will one day help cultivators dial in their genetics to the particular climate or cultivation type being used.

CHEMISTRY

One trait we are particularly interested in is autoflowering. Autoflowering plants do not flower in response to changes in daylight, but rather flower automatically after a set period of time after germination. The original autoflowering plants were created in Europe by crossing a domesticated strain with a wild specimen of Cannabis ruderalis, and then backcrossing to remove the C. ruderalis background while leaving the autoflowering genes behind. Autoflowers decrease crop turnaround time by eliminating the vegetative stage, and can add biomass more rapidly since they do not require lengthy dark cycles. However, eliminating all of the C. ruderalis background is critical for retaining the original strains' phenotype.

How it works

1

Collect

Order your kit online, all you need is a piece of stem. No messy chemicals or test tubes.

2

Send

Check the progress of your sample online, and we'll notify you when your results are ready.

3

Results

We work with your custom packaging provider to put QR codes on your products so that distributors and customers can instantly see test results, production date, and provenance.

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