Unlocking the Potential of Tissue Culture: How Node Labs is Revolutionizing the Cannabis Industry
Cannabis has been on the rise in recent years, with more and more people around the world embracing the plant for its medicinal and recreational benefits. But, as the industry has grown, so has the need for a reliable way to ensure that these plants remain healthy and disease-free. This is where Node Labs comes in. Node Labs utilizes a unique technology known as plant tissue culture to help create uniform, disease-free clones of cannabis plants.
The process begins by taking ten clone stems from a single cannabis plant, known as a “bouquet”. Next, the scientists at Node Labs break down the clones to the cellular level, cutting them down to the meristem, or stem cells of the plant. This helps to eliminate any epigenetic or genetic toggles associated with stress or environment. After that, they are tested for hop latent viroid disease (HLVd)--a virus which can significantly reduce a plant’s ability to produce trichomes.
Once the plants pass the screening process, they are grown in an agar jelly derived from seaweed. This allows for their whole root structure to be seen and gives the plants a “brand new pure example and sample of that cannabis plant”, as CEO Lauren Avenius explains. Agar also allows for diagnostics, enabling scientists to easily identify any issues or pathogens which may arise in the plant.
Node Labs also stores cannabis genetics within their “genetic library”--a system of refrigerators in which they keep and store the plants. This allows brands like Wiz Khalifa's Khalifa Kush to provide standardized, consistent flowers across the country. In addition to this, Node Labs also offers in vitro phenohunts--a process by which they take tissue culture from small plantlets and grow them out, saving time and effort.
All in all, Node Labs is at the forefront of advancing tissue culture technology within the cannabis industry--allowing for reliable, consistent growth of disease-free plants across the world.