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Mom is Always Right: Environmental Effects on Plant Biology Across Generations

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This post is written by Gaby Auge, a plant scientist at Duke University. It discusses one of the most startling findings in plant biology: plants seem to actually learn things about their environments and then pass this knowledge onto their progeny. Insights like this, from basic research on the plant kingdom in general, will soon start to change how we understand and grow Cannabis. By Gaby Auge, PhD  Living organisms…

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The Clone Wars

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Written by Mowgli Holmes, PhD  Today, most commercially available cannabis is grown from clones rather than seeds. Cloning is the process whereby a grower takes cuttings from a mature plant and roots them, allowing them to grow into new plants that are genetically identical to their “mother” plant. Most important agricultural crops are either grown from seeds or by cloning—but rarely by both methods. It’s yet another curiosity of the…

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The Magnificent Diversity of Cannabis

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Nearly ten thousand years ago, when humans were just learning to save and re-plant seeds, some tribes in Central Asia started taking care of the plant that would turn out to be the ancestor of today’s cannabis. Cannabis can be used for lots of different things, and we don’t know which of these uses came first. In any case, it was useful. So useful, in fact, that humans eventually brought…

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