For quite some time now, the marijuana industry has been gaining momentum, not just across the United States, but also across the world. Marijuana legalization is spreading, and spreading quickly. Supply and demand is now a real issue, and new technology within the market is helping the industry perform better than previously imagined.
In the past, during prohibition, the local cannabis shop was illegal. Cultivators were growing in hiding and doing so from seed. Now, you can walk into any weed dispensary in a legal state and buy what you want. Growers have had to change cultivation methods to increase yield and supply an ever-increasing demand. It started with new techniques, such as Sea of Green and cloning. Hydroponics came next.
Now, according to investors, the key to growth is technology, particularly emerging technologies, and especially cultivation techniques. The latest science to hit the cannabis market promises an entirely new infrastructure, one with sufficient value and potential to lead to an initial public offering, or IPO. The world of genetics is growing, most notably in the cannabis sector, and changing the industry.
Marijuana Tissue Cultures
One company taking the principle of genetics seriously is Segra International Corporation. It has been prioritizing the culturing of various tissue types. Although this technology is not new to industrial agriculture, the marijuana industry has never embraced it. Until now. Segra is “an agricultural life sciences company that specializes in industrial-scale cannabis plant micro-propagation, known commonly in the industry as ‘plant tissue culture.”
The company has been hard at work developing specialized laboratories to cultivate a very consistent marijuana plant, specifically one that guarantees high yields repetitively. If you do not know what tissue cultures are, they are similar to the technique of cloning, except that the technology is more suited to large-scale growing operations as opposed to smaller ones.
Cultivators are growing on a massive scale now. Larger operations are now the norm in cannabis society. There is an enormous need to find repeatable ways of producing huge quantities of marijuana. Tissue cultures offer many benefits for this type of growing. One report explains the gist of this technology in the following way:
“Plants that are started with tissue culture rather than cuttings produce higher yields. With tissue culture, plants start out as clean, absent of pathogens, like bacteria and viruses. Because the plants do not need to expend energy fighting germs, that energy is devoted to growth. The tissue culture process is highly controllable.”
This controllability proves a major benefit for large-scale grow operations. Because of it, tissue culture could well become one of the latest and most important methods of ensuring individual companies consistently produce big enough yields. Such technology is invaluable to cultivators trying to supply a growing market, particularly one with notoriously demanding consumers.
According to one anonymous scientist, if you were to use the same growing technique to grow blueberries, you would harvest at least four times as much fruit as you would if you grow from clones or cuttings. These high yields are the goal of most weed growers. All companies work to produce the highest quantity of cannabis as they possibly can.
Now that the world is putting new laws into place that allow for cannabis markets to grow exponentially, cultivators have been working all hours of the day and night trying to increase production levels to meet high demand. However, growing from tissue cultures has its downsides. The technique itself is not easy, not in any way.
Challenges of Tissue Culture Growing
The process of cultivating marijuana from tissue cultures has its own issues. The project is itself difficult and tedious. Not just anybody can get it right. In fact, success requires a specialist in the field of tissue cultures. Scaling at large quantities also has its potential difficulties, but if you get it right, then the massive yields is extremely worth the effort involved in investing in this growing method.
For example, if a company cultivating, say, 10,000 pot plants started using tissue cultures, it could increase their yield exponentially. Ultimately, it would enable them to grow four times as much weed in the same space and time as other methods that will never yield nearly as much. The yield potential of this technology is still new, but as it grows in popularity, it will likely become a cultivation trend.
The cannabis industry is still in its very early stages. However, technological advancements such as this will continue to skyrocket the market into a very secure future. As the next few years advance, the implementation of science in the marketplace will drive growth in this industry even further, as will weed delivery direct to people’s homes. In time, we could be looking at a very different pot scene.