From seed genetics and next gen crops to AI and lighting technology, the May 22-24, 2019 Indoor Ag-Con CROP SELECTION TRACK – one of FIVE making up the full conference – offers a deep dive into the sector’s latest news, developments and innovations.
Kicking off the track programming, Dr. Mitch Day, scientific consultant, American Cannabis Company, will lead the program “Micro-Propagation As A Tool In the Cannabis Breeders’ Kit” on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 from 10-10:30 am.
We checked in with him ahead of his presentation to learn more:
Q: Tell us a little more about your current role:
A. I am currently a scientific consultant with the American Cannabis Company (ACC). I have developed the models and procedures needed to understand how a tissue culture business can reach large scale. My lab designs are being built into new and retrofitted facilities.
I have had a long association with ACC’s business development officer and founder, Ellis Smith. Over four years ago, I was networking my way into the industry and pitching my tissue culture and scientific skills. We were introduced and ACC helped me find a good situation where I could validate my micro-propagation protocols in legal cannabis. After that pilot, I started consulting directly for ACC over a year ago.
Q: Share 3 key points you plan to cover during your Indoor Ag-Con presentation:
–Micro-propagation can produce more consistent clones that have fewer diseases in less space.
-Tissue culture methods can be used to preserve unique genotypes economically.
-Tissue culture is one tool among many needed by sophisticated growing and breeding operations.
Q: What do you think is the most pressing challenge in the indoor agriculture sector today and how are you and American Cannabis Company addressing it:
A. Indoor agriculture is very complex and the path to profitability is filled with risks. At ACC, we use good manufacturing practices as a general philosophy to guide our work. I am particularly inspired by the practice of kaizen (continuous improvement). The fast-moving and uncertain cannabis marketplaces are at odds with the slow pace of research oftentimes. For instance, it probably wasn’t long since we discovered terpenes like pinene and mercyne are known to help with fibromyalgia This could be a real improvement in medicine, but unless more is grown, for instance, using small micro-propagation techniques, we possibly will not be able to keep up with demand. A focus on continuous improvement allows us to move to meet market demands while preparing for the long years of fundamental research that are ahead.
Q.What do you hope to get out of your participation in this year’s Indoor Ag-Con event in Las Vegas
A. I want to meet people who appreciate my passion for plants. Cannabis legalization may be like the moon landing in that it inspired a whole generation of new engineers and scientists. The interest in cannabis will spill over into indoor agriculture in general and result in a better labor pool and more talent. I want to be a bigger part of that future and that is why I am attending this year.