Genomic resources for cannabis research

Cannabis has been in use for a long period of time both as medicine and as well as a recreational drug. With the current legalization of the crop in Canada, cannabis industry is expanding but there is limited information on improving the medical cannabis in terms of the content of minor cannabinoids such as THCV or developing a variety that is tolerant to fungal pathogen such as powdery mildew. In this project, we propose to develop cannabis varieties that can yield high content of THCV and develop genetic information by challenging plants with powdery mildew such that the genetic information can be used to improve cannabis plant. By the end of this internship, this project will develop an improved protocol for genetic transformation and regeneration of medicinal cannabis; develop genetically modified plants that can yield high THCV; and plant that is resistant to powdery mildew.

Intern: 
Dinesh Adhikary
Faculty Supervisor: 
Jian Zhang
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British Columbia
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