Optimization of Cultivation in Cannabis: how innovative technology can help maximize yield and profits
|A platform for the measurement and analysis of plant bio-feedback and phenotypes|
|Orit Eichelt, firstname.lastname@example.org, EFFECTO|
|June 24, 2021|
There is a history that goes way back showing humans have been using cannabis and growing it since long ago. Since a lot of the countries outlawed cannabis, research has stopped back in the 60's. As a result, scientists and physicians could not study the use of cannabis using modern techniques. Also, not much research has been done on the cultivation processes. There are many cultivation conditions that are extremely hard to monitor and control, which affect significantly the growing process.
Making the grass greener: great results using Plantarray technology for Cannabis breeders and growers
The Plantarray system measuring Cannabis plants during their cultivation- water transpiration, biomass gain and other physiological traits
Dr. Dvir Taler, Head Agronomist of B.O.L Pharma, states: "our cooperation with Plant-DiTech aimed to test and monitor Cannabis cultivation methods and increase yield based on the information Plantarray provides, which was compared with our current commercial growing methods. We conducted experiments to analyze effects of different irrigation regimes on the growth and yield of Cannabis plants, and the results were astonishing. This is the first time we gained knowledge about the amount of water the plants are consuming. Using Plantarray we learned that so far, the plants did not receive enough water to maximize their growth and production of active ingredients as opposed to previous common assumptions that providing slight stress conditions are better for maximizing their active ingredient yields. We found that providing the irrigation based on the plants’ actual water-loss improves the plants' growth and produces greater and better yield."
Measuring Cannabis plants’ real-time productivity under four different irrigation schemes, using the Plantarray
Changing irrigation regimes on greenhouses might improve yield, but did the data Plantarray provided made an actual impact in bottom line? To this Dr. Taler affirms: "Once we changed our irrigation regimes based on Plantarray data, flowers dry weight increased by 15 percent rate! While the level of active ingredients THC and CBD was maintained. This obviously manifests with increased profits. In fact, thanks to the data Plantarray provided, B.O.L pharma's annual profitability was increased by 3 million NIS, which is close to 1 million US Dollars."
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