About the program
Our Tissue Culture Program is designed to assist cultivators optimise their cultivation operations through increasing yield, improving efficiency and reducing risk.
Option A: Initiation
We will place a plant supplied by customer into tissue culture and undertake propagation as agreed.
Plants must be supplied in a healthy condition free of weeds, pests and diseases.
Option B: High Health Clonal Maintenance
In relation to these services, we will maintain an agreed number of high health bio-secure clones in tissue culture for your cultivation operations.
Option C: High health Clonal Supply
We can provide Tissue Cultured plants on rooting media in sealed vessels OR plants that have been de-flasked and acclimatised inside a greenhouse. These can be our genetics or your genetics. For your genetics initiation services will take some time before we can guarantee dates and volume supply.
Large scale fulfillment of quality genetics for growers to improve yield through supply chain
Superior genetics for increased plant vigor and targeted compounds
True to type consistent genetics to meet Pharmaceutical standards
Aseptic environment reduces risk of pathogen and disease
Genetic maintenance and genotyping for growers
Breeding programs and seed bank for outdoor cultivation.
Benefits of Tissue Culture
Growth medium is designed and formulated by expert scientists who combine hundreds of plant nutrients and hormones to create perfect growing mediums for individual strains (The main ingredient which gives the plant all of its energy is sugar). This growth medium is able to provide the plant with all of it’s energy in a bio-secure environment. By being free form external pressures such as pests the plants are able to thrive.
Tissue Culture also exhibits strong and healthy juvenile characteristics compared to cuttings taken from mother plants, which deteriorate in quality as the mother plant ages. Strong and healthy starter material leads to higher yields.
To achieve maximum efficiency like any agricultural industry with limited space it cannot afford a loss of a whole crop/or a % of crop to pest, disease or yield. As an example, on a $1million crop, a 5% loss of your crop from either potency, growth or death on each harvest is a $100k loss. Over 4 cycles this can grow to be as much as $200k per year in revenue.
Another benefit of Tissue Culture is its ability to save very valuable space in a propagation facility while at the same time producing far superior plants to traditional Vegetative Cuttings. As Tissue Culture is undertaken at a micro level in 1 sqm you can fit thousands of plants which every 4 weeks will produce thousands and thousands of new plants. In a traditional vegetative cuttings program a mother plant cantake up 1sqm and only produce 100 cuttings every month. In addition you require expensive lights and greenhouse temperature control systems to maintain a good environment for mother plants to be grown. The higher cost of maintaining mother plants in the Cannabis industry brings the cost of Tissue Culture down compared to Vegetative cuttings.
Secondly, if you are a a greenhouse grower it’s much more efficient to use every square metre and every staff member you have for cultivating flower, for maximum yield. Purchasing in your Tissue Culture also means you don’t have to worry about managing enough cuttings for every growth cycle that are healthy to fill each room at the right timeallowing a cultivator to focus on cultivating rather than breeding new genetics, managing cutting programs.
3. Reduced Risks
Whilst there is always an element of risk with plants because Tissue Culture is done in bio-secure process within minimal human exposure the risks of spreading PPD are much lower when compared to cuttings,. Any PPD can wipe out entire rooms or even greenhouses so the whole crop can be lost, which is a huge cost to the business both in financial and reputational terms .
Secondly, because the growing environment can have such a big influence on a plant’s phenotype (physical characteristics), once fully grown, a clone may not have the same characteristics as the mother plant. This can result in further phenotype variations in later generations that make it challenging to ensure the genetic integrity and ability to produce “True to Type” cannabis plants of the strain across future crops. This can affect cannabinoid yield which ultimately affects revenue.
Thirdly, to maintain unique IP, cannabis companies can preserve strain genetics using Tissue Culture acting as a ‘tissue bank’, which is the best way to preserve genetics for decades without having to dedicate production space. This level of surety isn’t the same with seeds or even conventional clones, for which potency and yield will begin to fade over time. Tissue banking is also a great way to protect future patents. As the cannabis industry shifts its focus to phenotype-based Intellectual Property rights for entities to claim legal possession of a particular cannabis phenotype (like Bayer or Monsanto) it will be key to maintain the original living plant sample.