Live Webinar Cannabis Tissue Culture
October 9, 2019
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
CAD $425.00 + HST
Kimberly Belfry holds a bachelors in biochemistry and biotechnology from the University of Saskatchewan, a doctorate in plant science from the University of Alberta, and is a Professional Agrologist with the Ontario Institute of Agrologists. Kimberly has published 18 peer-reviewed articles that focus primarily on weed control in commercial corn and soybean production in Ontario. In 2018, Kimberly took on the role of Director of Cultivation for a licenced producer applicant in Ontario. Kimberly has been active in the research and design of the facility with a particular focus on tissue culture. As part of her training, Kimberly has completed the Indoor Cannabis Horticulture Program in Oakland California.
Plant tissue culture is a group of methods in which plant fragments, seeds, or individual cells may be used to propagate genetically identical offspring. Although not new to the plant sciences, tissue culture has been rapidly gaining popularity in the cannabis sector due to its ability to produce large numbers of identical plants under sterile laboratory conditions.
The cannabis industry is bringing in a lot of career opportunities to the Canadian market and is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing sectors in Canada. The rapid growth of tissue culture in the cannabis industry means there is a need for knowledgeable individuals to work in the managerial and technical roles. This workshop will give attendees a comprehensive look into tissue culture and its applications in cannabis production. Topics will include:
- Introduction to tissue culture in plants
- Techniques in tissue culture
- Designing a tissue culture lab that suits your goals and budget
- History of tissue culture
- Plant biology overview and introduction to totipotency
- Benefits of tissue culture in cannabis production
- Media composition and various formulations
- Practicing good aseptic technique
- Identifying and eliminating sources of contamination in your lab
- Laboratory design – From small to large scale
- How to conduct your own tissue culture experiments
Who Should Attend
This webinar is intended for those who are interested in tissue culture in cannabis; as a technician, manager or organization looking to become a Licensed Producer (LP). No previous laboratory experience is required.