November 17, 2021 By Greenhouse Canada
Vineland Research & Innovation Centre has acquired a Cannabis Research Licence under Health Canada’s Cannabis Act, allowing them to add cannabis research services to their existing portfolio.
The licence allows Vineland to conduct research, analysis and trials in a number of disciplines including biochemical studies, plant production, genetic diversity and the development of cannabis varieties along with integrated pest management solutions to support the cannabis industry.
Vineland’s trait development and genomics services spin-off company, Platform Genetics Inc. will also play a role in offering services under licence provisions.
“The cannabis licence allows us to expand our services to clients in the horticulture sector, providing licensed producers and technology providers results-based solutions for cannabis production,” says Tania Humphrey, PhD, Vineland’s Vice President, Research & Development.
Since its legalization in 2018, cannabis has become the most valuable crop in horticulture with an estimated annual market value of $5.7 billion, according to Statistics Canada.
Investments made at Vineland to support the cannabis licence were made possible with the assistance of the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario (ARIO) and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).
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