Phytoremediation with Hemp

Scientists at Colorado State University (CSU), including Elizabeth Pilon-Smith, have spent decades pondering how plants can help clean the soil. A CSU student summary of hemp phytoremediation gives a nice review of that we know so far (2012), including links to peer-reviewed studies on the subject. Source:

Sequencing Cannabis Genomes

Deleting CBCAS genes opens the door to another problem, namely that this genetic cluster also houses certain pathogen response genes. The researchers hypothesized that “[b]reeding for less than 0.3% THCA production may enrich for pathogen susceptibility and higher patient fungal exposure.” In other words, selective breeding for low-THC hemp may weaken its pathogen resistance. Source:…