Canadian Researchers

Canadian Researchers Identify #Cannabis Genes Responsible for Terpenes

  • On March 29, 2017, researchers at the University of British Columbia announced that they had identified the cannabis genes responsible for producing terpenes, the plant’s aroma-producing compounds.
  • “Our genomics work can inform breeders of commercial varieties which genes to pay attention to for specific flavour qualities.”
  • By scanning the genome of cannabis, the scientists were able to find approximately 30 genes responsible for endowing specific cannabis strains with the ability to produce distinctive aromas, including the limonene, myrcene and pinene terpenes.
  • According to the research findings, identifying the cannabis genes responsible for producing terpenes is the key to advancing strains with particular terpene profiles.
  • “There is a need for high-quality and consistent products made from well defined varieties,” Bohlmann explained.

On March 29, 2017, researchers at the University of British Columbia announced that they have identified the cannabis genes responsible for terpenes.

@MJINews: Canadian Researchers Identify #Cannabis Genes Responsible for Terpenes

On March 29, 2017, researchers at the University of British Columbia announced that they had identified the cannabis genes responsible for producing terpenes, the plant’s aroma-producing compounds.

“The goal is to develop well-defined and highly-reproducible cannabis varieties. This is similar to the wine industry, which depends on defined varieties such as chardonnay or merlot for high value products,” said Jörg Bohlmann, a professor at the Michael Smith Laboratories, as well as faculty of forestry at UBC. “Our genomics work can inform breeders of commercial varieties which genes to pay attention to for specific flavour qualities.”

By scanning the genome of cannabis, the scientists were able to find approximately 30 genes responsible for endowing specific cannabis strains with the ability to produce distinctive aromas, including the limonene, myrcene and pinene terpenes.

According to the research findings, identifying the cannabis genes responsible for producing terpenes is the key to advancing strains with particular terpene profiles.

“There is a need for high-quality and consistent products made from well defined varieties,” Bohlmann explained.

Canadian Researchers

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