Scientists find the genes that give marijuana its flavor – GFarma.news

“The limonene compound produces a lemon-like flavor and myrcene produces the dank, earthy flavor characteristic of purple kush,” grad student Judith Booth explained.

March 29 (UPI) — Scientists at the University of British Columbia have figured out which genes give cannabis strains their unique flavors. For pot growers, identifying and breeding for certain qualities — like citrusy, skunky or earthy flavors — is crucial.

“The goal is to develop well-defined and highly-reproducible cannabis varieties,” Jörg Bohlmann, a professor of forestry at UBC, explained in a news release. “This is similar to the wine industry, which depends on defined varieties such as chardonnay or merlot for high value products. Our genomics work can inform breeders of commercial varieties which genes to pay attention to for specific flavor qualities.”

Bohlmann and his colleagues analyzed the genome sequences of pot varieties and identified 30 terpene synthase genes key in the control of the plant’s flavor profile. The genes control the production of fragrant molecules like limonene, myrcene and pinene — molecules known in the cannabis industry as terpenes.

March 29 (UPI) — Scientists at the University of British Columbia have figured out which genes give cannabis strains their unique flavors. For pot growers, identifying and breeding for certain qualities — like citrusy, skunky or earthy flavors — is crucial.

“The goal is to develop well-defined and highly-reproducible cannabis varieties,” Jörg Bohlmann, a professor of forestry at UBC, explained in a news release. “This is similar to the wine industry, which depends on defined varieties such as chardonnay or merlot for high value products. Our genomics work can inform breeders of commercial varieties which genes to pay attention to for specific flavor qualities.”

Bohlmann and his colleagues analyzed the genome sequences of pot varieties and identified 30 terpene synthase genes key in the control of the plant’s flavor profile. The genes control the production of fragrant molecules like limonene, myrcene and pinene — molecules known in the cannabis industry as terpenes.

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