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Interested in developing your own variety?

Our Process

The future of Cannabis breeding is dependent upon capturing the remaining diversity in the crop and being good stewards of that resource. 

Evolution in breeding technologies will aid in creating appeal and versatility. 

Through the use of genomic tools, we are advancing Cannabis into the future. The end result? 

Superior hybrid Cannabis varieties that meet the needs of our customers and the market.

Advancing Breeding Tech

We are identifying desirable plant characteristics known as “traits”, to incorporate into our elite Cannabis varieties. Through the use of molecular markers our breeders select which plants to advance in our breeding program and design superior crosses to create our proprietary hybrid Cannabis varieties.

MAPPING POPULATION

The process begins with developing a mapping population. This population will be used to identify molecular markers useful in selecting for one or many specific traits.

DNA SAMPLING

Leaf tissue is collected from all individual progeny in the mapping population and DNA is extracted to be used for genotyping the population.

GENOTYPE

Differences in the genetic make-up of individual progeny are identified through the use of a molecular assay. This assay reveals the alleles an individual has inherited from its parents.

PHENOTYPE

Progeny are grown and their physical appearance is characterized. The expression of the trait(s) of interest are measured and recorded.

QTL MAPPING

Data from genotyping is compared to the phenotype data and through statistical analysis the association of certain genotypes with the trait(s) of interest are identified.

MOLECULAR MARKERS

The molecular marker with the highest association to the desired phenotype is selected and can be used for marker assisted selection. A molecular marker associated with a specific phenotype allows the plant breeder to know the phenotype of a progeny without having to phenotype the plant.

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Steve Czaplewski

HEAD OF PRODUCT EVALUATION & TRIALS

“The Kayagene team consists of specialized plant breeders and trained agronomists with 60+ years of commercial agriculture experience.”