Stories From the Frontier


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The Wonders of Kevin Jodrey

For Wonderland, Phylos Certified fits right into their attitude of openness, transparency, accuracy, and quality. Kevin Jodrey has a made a name for himself in the cannabis industry. A self-described career cultivator, he prides himself on his work ethic and transparency. “I’m globally known for this shit,” he says wryly. His nursery, Wonderland, is also well known. There, Kev curates a wide range of cannabis varieties, and he’s constantly seeking…

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Original Ganja | Journey to the Phylos Galaxy

Even more diverse than modern cannabis varieties are the stories behind them. In November 2017, members of Phylos, Humboldt Seed Company, and Yerba Buena were honored to visit Genret Farms, a family-run cannabis cultivation in Jamaica. While there, we uncovered the story of their search for a prized 1960s landrace variety called “Original Ganja”. This is their story.  Explore “Original Ganja” and thousands of other varieties in the Phylos…

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The Power of Deschutes Growery

This Oregon-based craft cannabis business is investing in energy efficiency for a brighter future. In 2016, Deschutes Growery did what no other Oregon cannabis producer had — they became the first solar-powered indoor cultivation facility. Since then, they’ve saved 37 tons of CO2 emissions, enough energy to charge 2,500 electric cars. And earlier this year they switched their facility to LED, allowing them to produce using half the energy of…

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“Aloha Braddah!” from Hawaiian Seed Company

A new central-Oregon based seed company is on a mission to preserve and honor the integrity of Hawaiian cannabis. We caught up with Sol Kahn of Hawaiian Seed Company to hear the story behind their seeds. Here is what he had to say.  “It felt crucially important to keep as many pure Hawaiian strains as possible, knowing how easily they could be lost and how much influence they had on…

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The Joy of Genotyping

Why growers, breeders, distributors, and dispensaries are ready for genetic certification. If you know anything about Phylos, you likely know this: we’re a bunch of nerds. Cannabis-loving, whitepaper-reading, taxonomy-debating nerds. We get as excited about mapping the cannabis genome as some people get about finding the perfect high-CBD, high limonene variety. (We’re also sorry for all those times we cornered you at a party while geeking out about the latest…

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Powdery Mildew and the Evolutionary Arms Race

By Michele Wiseman, MSc, Plant Pathology As the temperatures cool, days shorten, buds swell, and clouds return, so do many dreaded foes, including powdery mildew. Powdery mildew fungi (in the family Erysiphaceae) are obligate parasites to over 10,000 different vascular plant species. Being an obligate parasite means they cannot complete their life cycle without a specific, suitable, and living host. Despite being ubiquitous, powdery mildews remain fairly host-specific, so you…

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Clone Groups in the Phylos Galaxy

We just released a new version of the Phylos Galaxy that includes two significant updates: Clone Groups and Variety Panels. The result is an easier navigation experience and more information about each sample and the grower who submitted them. Previously, all the cuttings from one variety were shown as nodes on the Galaxy. Even though they’re genetically identical clonal samples, they have very small differences between them and were rarely…

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

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

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

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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