Developing new varieties with key characteristics is a long term investment that entails years of work and research. Supporting the work of plant breeders and researchers to develop varieties allows for improved crops that are more successful in terms of yield, purity and sales. Only hemp grown from Certified Seed ensures that those key traits are maintained in the end product.
It’s important to protect intellectual property rights (IPR) in crop technology – just like patents protect the design of your combine. By respecting intellectual property rights, you get new varieties that:
Here at UniSeeds, we strive to develop top yielding monoecious varieties that have excellent plant uniformity and disease resistance.
Historically Industrial hemp is dioecious, this means that there are both male and female plants in the field. At UniSeeds we breed monoecious varieties, meaning that both the male and female flowers are found on the same plant. In Eastern Canada monoecious varieties are typically higher yielding and these varieties are generally easier to harvest.
Cerela's involvement in hemp cultivation began in 2017. Since then, the team has been developing new industrial hemp cultivars for fibre, grain or pharmaceutical (CBD). Many trials are also etablished every year to better understand how to best manage this crop. Cerela is also a shareholder in UniSeeds Inc (www.uniseeds.ca), a Canadian company offering certified hemp seed to farmers in several countries.