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Ecofibre: A random seed collection suddenly becomes valuable

Ecofibre’s informal collection of cannabis seeds flourished into a valuable collection and with support of two Innovation Connections grants, Ecofibre can now demonstrate the traits of each seed and store them in a way that optimises their germination rates and lifespan.

Contacts

Dr Anna Daniel

Innovation Connections Facilitator

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Mr Dave Fleming

Innovation Connections Facilitator – NSW

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  • +61 4 0868 9430
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    Last updated: 31 January 2022

    The challenge

    Understanding the value of a seed collection

    Ecofibre is a leading hemp seed breeder and supplier that has achieved global growth through its investment in, and control of, R&D. Ecofibre began collecting cannabis seeds from around the world in 2000.

    With the destruction of a US Government-owned collection of cannabis seeds, Ecofibre’s informal collection of seeds was suddenly rare and potentially valuable. Using its own resources, Ecofibre kept a sample of each cannabis seed and plant species. The collection needed management and with a team of 8 staff Ecofibre reached out to the Entrepreneurs’ Programme in 2015 for expert advice and financial support to undertake a collaborative R&D project with industry experts.

    Our response

    Accessing leading R&D expertise

    With support from the program’s Innovation Connections service, a PhD student undertook a project to improve the viability of their genebank accessions, that is to sequence, confirm and document the traits of specific seeds. Upon seeing the results, Ecofibre quickly realised that the collection indeed was potentially valuable and so needed to be systematically organised.

    Another Innovation Connections project followed with Southern Cross University. It aimed to catalogue the genebank accessions, and to identify the optimal storage conditions to maintain and improve the ability of their seeds to germinate for breeding and R&D. A higher germination rate improves the viability and reliability of the collection. As an outcome from the projects, all seeds are now catalogued and sealed in specialised moisture-normalised packages to extend their life from an estimated 2 to 10 years.

    The results

    From little seeds big business grows

    Today Ecofibre owns potentially the world’s largest and most diverse cannabis gene bank – the Ecofibre Global Cannabis Genebank. This unique asset, combined with cropping experience and R&D expertise, enables Ecofibre to grow crops across many latitudes worldwide to support the stability and control of its value chain.

    Ecofibre achieved spectacular growth and has launched hemp food, nutraceuticals and fibre businesses that also invest heavily in R&D collaborations. They now employ 160 staff and continue to be supported by Innovation Connections Facilitators Anna Daniel and Dave Fleming from CSIRO SME Connect.

    Collaboration with public experts provided clarity on the importance of the misunderstood emerging Australian hemp industry. Ecofibre’s genetics are now used by Australian growers, and we are now exporting significant quantities of planting seeds to the United States.

    —Dr Omid Ansari, Head of Research, Ecofibre

    Cannabis seeds australia

    Published: 10:05 GMT, 12 August 2021 | Updated: 10:08 GMT, 12 August 2021

    A police post showing off the bust of two 20-something taggers, one of whom was a small-time and clearly inexperienced weed grower, has gone viral on Facebook.

    The message boasted about a successful two month operation to track down two young men in New South Wales who tagged trains at four Cityrail stations.

    It showed photos of the taggers’ drawings, spray cans and some unimpressive drug operations, with dying plants and dodgy lamp wiring in a tent.

    The post attracted more than 1,300 responses including hundreds of mocking comments about the five ‘sad’ looking plants seized, the men’s meagre collection of 15 seeds and their incriminating art pads – while others asked if the drugs were ‘still available’.

    This police Facebook post attracted more than 1,300 responses on Thursday including hundreds of mocking comments about five unhealthy-looking plants seized (pictured above)

    The photos posted by police included images of the West Ryde man’s modest looking marijuana growing set-up (pictured above)

    Police’s Proactive Crime Team’s efforts resulted in raids of homes in Sydney and Newcastle, and the arrests of a 24-year-old West Ryde man and a 23-year-old Adamstown man.

    Both were charged with damaging property and being on train tracks.

    The West Ryde man was also charged with several drug offences.

    One image posted by NSW Police showed five plastic baggies containing literally 15 seeds (pictured above), much to the amusement of Facebook commenters

    The two men were arrested for property damage at five train stations and images of their tag sketches (pictured above) were posted on Facebook

    Judging by the images posted by police, he was not a big shot in the cannabis underworld.

    ‘Someone needs horticultural lessons, they look so sad,’ one man said of a photo of his sick-looking cannabis plants.

    ‘Looks like a big haul, I’m sure it’s got a street value of about $6.50 and 2 paddle pops,’ another wrote.

    ‘Master engineer at work,’ said one man, while a woman wrote ‘I can’t stop laughing, how embarrassing.’

    Several commenters enquired whether the items depicted ‘are still available’, especially one photo of a plastic tub containing what appeared to be hallucinogenic mushrooms.

    Frisian Dew Australian outdoor grow

    This weeks blog is about a Frisian Dew Australian outdoor grow by a grower who is specialized in growing Frisian Dew outdoors. He used mesh netting to provide some shade from the intense Australian sun.

    Frisian Dew is one of Dutch Passions all time best selling feminized outdoors cannabis seeds, she is easy to grow in all conditions. Frisian Dew grows well everywhere from Northern Europe to tropical Australia, this is a robust variety with great pest and mold resistance.

    Comments from grower Aussie Alex

    “This strain is by far the best for my style of growing. I veg indoors under led lights finishing them outdoors in my green house. Frisian Dew grows fast and finishes fast. It has good mold resistance and great bag appeal most of the bud are quite dense. And half the plants will turn purple without a cold snap.”

    Why Aussie Alex likes Frisian Dew

    “With my style of growing I can put them out in October and finish In December that’s getting to the longest days of the year and they still keep flowering and finishing with rock hard buds. No other strain I’ve used can do this. They are almost like an auto, keep in mind I live in Australia, our days are not as long as Europe. But other strains revert back to vegetive growth outdoors, so Frisian Dew is the best strain I have ever grown.”

    “Another reason I grow Frisian Dew is the resistance to extreme weather. These plants were put out in the last month of winter and had frost in the night, whilst day time temps reached an unusually hot 30ºC – this happened for 2 weeks. Before I finished them we had 40 degrees Celsius heat for a whole week which did not affect them at all.”

    “Last year in spring we also had 40 degrees heat for 1 month and the Frisian Dew’s finished with rock hard buds. Another reason for loving the strain the seeds are great value for money. I always get 100% germination rate.”

    Why Aussie Alex grows under white mesh netting

    “I grow under the netting to give some protection from the insects it works really well. Also the sun in the summer is so strong, the mesh gives 30% shade this helps to keep them happy.”

    “And the last reason for the white mesh is security, you can’t see any thing inside from 50 meters away. If other growers try this strain they won’t regret it, it’s easy to grow and has heavy harvests. These plant gets so heavy it needs support, its essential.”

    Aussie Alex explains more about his greenhouse grow

    “I grew 25 plants and made 40 pounds (18 Kg) of dry product – beautiful nugs. I veg them for 9 weeks indoors then finish them in my green house right on 7weeks nice and fast. I grow only in coco its the only way for me. I used Dutch Fest coco nutrients and cal-mag (Calcium & Magnesium supplement) and a PK booster.”

    “That’s it for the good results. I use the insulation around the pots to protect them from the frosty mornings in the winter and to protect the black plant containers from getting too hot in the sun.”

    Easy Frisian Dew Australian outdoor grow

    This weeks grow from Aussie Alex shows how productive, tough and versatile Frisian Dew is. The Frisian Dew marijuana seeds are germinated indoors and grown for 9 weeks under 24 hours of daily LED light. This gives the seedlings the best possible start and will allow them to be well established before they are placed outside under the white mesh netting.

    Under the powerful Australian sun the Frisian Dew plants raced through bloom in a couple of months with heavy yields. Many Frisian Dew growers also use the THC rich harvest to produce hash, cannabis oil or other types of cannabis concentrates which are becoming more and more popular.

    Frisian Dew is a heavy yielding outdoor cannabis variety, Aussie Alex got around 18Kg from 25 plants using his system. Aussie Alex finds that growing in coco fibre allows rapid growth and heavy blooms. Using the white mesh screening also helped the plants by giving them just enough shade to protect them from the extreme heat that can be experienced in Australia.

    Coco fibre for growing cannabis outdoors

    Coco fibre is already a versatile, popular and effective medium for growing cannabis seeds indoors. But plenty of outdoor and greenhouse growers are also starting to use coco fibre for their cannabis plants. This will require daily feeding/watering, but the extra effort is usually worth it at harvest time.

    Growing Frisian Dew seeds easily outdoors

    A proven outdoor variety needs to combine high THC, heavy yields, fast growth as well as pest and mold resistance. Frisian Dew does that under a wide range of outdoor conditions, and because she is so tough and robust she is a very easy cannabis variety to grow.

    If you are looking for a proven, high quality outdoor cannabis variety then give Frisian Dew a try, you can buy your Frisian Dew feminized cannabis seeds online. After 30+ years of breeding, Frisian Dew is one of the best outdoor cannabis varieties ever released by Dutch Passion.

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