Oregon, The United States
At the end of August 2022, F1 SeedTech Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Head of Applied Sciences, Maikel de Bresser and Andreu Francés, visited the newly acquired New Breed Seed day-neutral breeding station in Oregon, United States.
This trip aimed to evaluate and characterise the latest F1 hybrids and develop an industry-leading breeding plan for 2023 and beyond.
Evaluating the Day-Neutral Breeding Programme
A total of sixteen new F1 hybrids were available for us to examine, housed at the New Breed Seed outdoor area. Maikel de Bresser had this to say about the project:
“It’s special to see that cannabis can be grown in the open air. In Europe, it’s mainly high-tech greenhouses, usually for safety reasons. But here, outdoor growing is seen as a financially viable solution to increasing costs. Day-neutral cannabis plants offer a means of cultivating several breeding cycles per year”.
According to our scientist, Andreu Francés, the latest F1 hybrids have proven to be vigorous, high-yielders.
“The F1 hybrids have a solid structure, are nicely uniform, and have a beautiful inflorescence structure, almost indistinguishable from a short-day cannabis plant. We are really curious to see the results of the cannabinoid content and terpene profile analyses”.
The Future Breeding Plan: 2023 and Beyond
After the acquisition of New Breed Seed, it was necessary to draw up a breeding plan for the next three years. Of course, with so many great minds, there were plenty of ideas, but no concrete agreements.
COO Maikel de Bresser explains how the breeding programme will develop going forward:
“Another goal of this trip was to agree on the next three years’ R&D strategy by performing several brainstorming sessions. Finally, we established a detailed plan focusing on specific segments, new traits, and breakthrough innovations”.
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