Beyond The Lab

A Blog About The Intersection of Science & Cultivation

We aim to provide helpful, science-driven, original content for cultivators and information seekers of all backgrounds. Whether you’re a personal grower, an interested consumer or a master-grower at a large commercial farm you’ll find something here that expands your knowledge-base and provides a different perspective on topics that might often be overlooked.

​Our expertise in plant genetics, agricultural science and crop management allow us to bring unique insights into the foreground with our writing. Be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section at the end of each article!

What To Do When You Get A Positive Result During Hop Latent Viroid (HLVd) Genetic Screening?

What To Do When You Get A Positive Result During Hop Latent Viroid (HLVd) Genetic Screening?

Instead of eliminating the plants identified as infected it can be useful to move plants into quarantine and observe for visible signs of infection. Why? It’s still too early to understand if HLVd attacks all genetics or if some are, in fact, resistant to the viroid. As a lab that offers HLVd and other virus testing, Delta Leaf advocates for secondary analysis methods outlined below to better account for plants that may be resistant.

Steps To Prevent Hop Latent Viroid (HLVd) Infections In Your Facility

Steps To Prevent Hop Latent Viroid (HLVd) Infections In Your Facility

HLVd can spread by bringing infected mothers/clones into your facility, or by people traveling in between facilities. “Latent” means delayed; and HLVd can sit dormant undetected for extended periods of time. It’s a silent disease that might not show if it’s affecting your plants until it’s too late. With very little known about how to combat HLVd aside from very expensive tissue culturing, we recommend every large and small growing facility begin taking steps to prevent an outbreak within your operations.

Cannabis Hermaphrodites – Which Sex Carries the Hermaphrodite Trait?

Cannabis Hermaphrodites – Which Sex Carries the Hermaphrodite Trait?

To the best of my knowledge, cannabis hermaphrodites are genetic females, by definition (two X chromosomes). We at Delta Leaf have never seen nor heard of a genetically confirmed Male plant that ended up developing female flowers. Does this mean the hermaphroditic trait – or the genetic tendency for an individual plant to develop both male & female flowers – can only be passed on by the mother?

How to Grow Hemp for CBD

How to Grow Hemp for CBD

​How to Grow Hemp for CBD Production Most farmers have a plethora of questions when it comes to growing hemp for CBD production. With the implementation of the Farm Bill in late 2018, it’s evident that the consumption of cannabis derivatives like CBD is bound to hit...

How to Breed a High CBD Strain

How to Breed a High CBD Strain

How to Breed a High CBD Strain In part 2 of our series on the science of breeding, we explain how to breed a high CBD version of your favorite strain. If you haven't watch part 1 about the genetic of THC and CBD yet, be sure to check that out as well by clicking here....

“The proper use of science is not to conquer nature, but to live in it.”

Barry Commoner