Monday March 25, 2019 0 comments
LAFAYETTE -- Front Range Biosciences ("FRB"), a provider of hemp, coffee, and high-value crop producers with high-performing Clean Stock plants and seed by combining the best practices in modern agriculture with innovative technologies, announced a partnership with Barcelona-based Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics ("CRAG").
The breeding partnership will allow for FRB to leverage CRAG's world-class research facilities to advance its marker-assisted breeding platform in the development of new cannabis plant varieties, and make improvements in hemp cultivation methodology, the company said.
A recognized leader in European crop and research development, CRAG is an independent organization established across a consortium of four major Spanish research institutions, among them, the Institute for Agri-Food Research and Technology (IRTA), whose researchers will be involved in the collaborative project with FRB.
CRAG's scientific programs include research into genomics, metabolic engineering and plant responses to biotic/abiotic stress, fields relevant to FRB's goals of creating crops that retain their desired qualities in differing global climates.
"We are happy to establish our presence in Europe with the help of such an innovative and well-regarded organization," said Ray French, FRB’s director of product development.
"As the United States enters the global hemp marketplace, the natural next step is for companies like FRB to adapt our products to the conditions and demands of foreign farms and agriculture. Partnerships with leading entities like CRAG are vital to developing crops that are internationally proven and created with methods informed by the best available worldwide knowledge."
The partnership between FRB and CRAG will involve a combination of field trials, selective breeding and genomic research leveraging access to unique germplasm collections from around the world. Collectively, these efforts will aid in developing hemp plants that perform well throughout differing climates, resist disease, and produce unique cannabinoid and terpene profiles.
CRAG's significant scientific and experimental resources and infrastructure, including its confined greenhouses, laboratories, and computational capabilities will play a major role in this work. As FRB gains the ability to test its products in this new environment, it will share with CRAG the techniques it has developed to ensure best-in-class agricultural and horticultural performance for its existing and future hemp cultivars.
"The partnership between FRB and CRAG leverages the complementary expertise and capabilities of both institutions to strengthen research and accelerate the development of innovative solutions for high-value crops," said José Luis Riechmann, CRAG’s director.
"We look forward to a very productive collaboration with such a forward-looking company as FRB."