A research team at the University of Colorado at Boulder has begun a landmark project to build an ultra-high density genetic map of the Cannabis genus, placing tens of thousands of genes onto chromosomal positions and will use these resources to identify important genomic regions underlying variation in traits such as the production of secondary compounds, biomass accumulation, fiber quality and quantity, and other economically valuable traits.
This project will positively impact society through improvements in Cannabis varieties useful for medicine, bioenergy production and textiles. This investigation is pioneering in asking genomic questions dealing with domestication, coevolution, genotypic and phenotypic traits and inheritance in the genus Cannabis.
The project is known as The Cannabis Genomic Research Initiative or ‘CGRI’ and the work is being conducted at The Kane Lab at CU. Dr. Nolan Kane and his team have extensive experience in addressing these and related questions with genomic and bioinformatic approaches, with over 50 scientific publications.
This research will answer fundamental questions about the crop and its characteristics and will put Colorado’s university research of Cannabis ahead of the entire world.
I’ve been asked to play a role in this project by providing heirloom seed stock as well as cultivation and analytical work to support the project. I have also taken it upon myself to assist in fund raising efforts to help pay for this groundbreaking work.
To help accomplish this goal I will be making available for sale a very limited quantity of a hybrid seed I call The Halcyon. The seed will be limited to 100 packs priced at $100 each. Centennial Seeds will donate 100% of the proceeds from this seed batch to the CGRI.
I’ve met a lot of wonderful people since I’ve been in the seed business and I have no doubt that there are 100 of you that will step up to support this project. The Halcyon seed will be packaged and ready by January 1st. Please consider making a $100 donation to this courageous effort.
Thank you for your support.
Ben Holmes, Founder