Canadian Researchers Receive More Than $4 Million in Funding to Breed Better Cannabis

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NEWS Canadian researchers receive more than $4 million in funding to breed better cannabis “The results of this project will benefit the Canadian cannabis industry and Canadian consumers, but also basic and applied science.” By Sam Riches The money will be issued by Genome Canada, a non-profit organized funded by the federal government. / Photo: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images Researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) will receive $4.2 million in federal, provincial and industry funding to study enhanced cannabis cultivars, with a particular focus on disease resistance.

Researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) will receive $4.2 million in federal, provincial and industry funding to study enhanced cannabis cultivars, with a particular focus on disease resistance.

In partnership with Aurora Cannabis, the project, titled Fast-Tracking Breeding of Powdery Mildew-Resistant Cannabis, is led by UBC researchers Loren Rieseberg and Marco Todesco.

“Our plan is to develop a genomics-enabled breeding pipeline that will increase the speed and precision of cannabis improvement and bridge the gap in genetic knowledge and breeding resources that currently separates cannabis from other modern crops,” Rieseberg told UBC News.

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