Pest and Pathogen Issues in Cannabis

Cannabis pathogens and pests have begun to cause problems within the cannabis industry. These problems are costing growers large amounts of cannabis crops. When mites, flies, aphids, molds, mildews, rots, fungus, leaf spots, cankers, blights, and many other pest and pathogens start affecting crops, it becomes a hassle to locate and treat the problems in a quick and cost-effective manner with minimal loss of crops. A lot of the time, growers are not able to locate and remedy the issue fast enough.

Issues with pests becomes even more of a hassle when a product is packaged and shipped. In the packaging and shipping process, pests and fungi can find their way into the product. Suppliers don't implement or consider repellents and preventative measures for the shipping and packaging of cannabis products. This oversight can lead to damaged and infected goods which the end user can inadvertently receive and can further lead to lawsuits, recalls, and sick customers.

Shoes, clothing, tools and machinery are also responsible for transferring diseases, viruses, pests and fungi to cannabis plants. To help mitigate this issue, our biosurfactants can be treated on clothing to destroy and prevent pathogens and pests on personnel working on location. Machines and tools can also be wiped down with our biosurfactants before and after use. While clothes, tools, and machinery are not in use, they can be covered and stored with tarps, tents, and plastic bags or containers with our biosurfactant application to prevent any contamination.

Rhamnolipid is able to assist, treat and remedy many of these issues. Using our products, technology and applications from pre-seeding, to seeding, to growing and cultivation, and finally through packaging and shipment, we can help treat and prevent many of the pest, disease, and fungus problems facing the industry.

Pathogen and Pest Detection

Determining whether a pest or disease is affecting your plants is vital. Many pests and diseases are very hard to spot, especially in the early stages of the pathogen infection or initial infestation and presence of pests. When the issue is finally noticed, damage to plants has already occurred and the grower may not be able to tell which pathogen is affecting his plants. The current ways of detecting pests and pathogens is to visually see them and to manually inspect the plants. This leaves a large amount of error and unnoticed symptoms as well as the labor intensive task of looking through the plants.

We have solutions that can help detect which pathogen and pest is present and in the very early and initial stages of infection. Our Artificial Intelligence ("AI") and high-def imaging can be used to determine which pathogen, pest or fungus is affecting a plant. After thousands of images are taken of infected plants and mites, the AI will learn the unique characteristics of each disease, pest and fungus, which it can then use to determine what ailment is affecting the plant. After the AI determines the issue, it can then recommend one of our biosurfactant applications to treat the problem.

Our biosurfactant test strip technology also has the ability to detect specific pathogens and pests. Using a chemical reaction, the results from the test can determine whether a pathogen or fungus is present, which specific pathogen or fungus it is, and which biosurfactant treatment can control it.

Determining Plant Gender

The cannabis industry is facing an issue where growers have to cultivate unwanted male plants until they are able to determine their gender. Being able to determine the gender of a cannabis plant can take weeks and the manual process is labor-intensive and can be subject to many errors as visual signs vary and can be interpreted incorrectly. The costs of lab tests and kits to determine gender within the first two weeks for an entire yield are too high and not feasible for large operations. After the determination is made, the male plants need to be disposed of as the female plants produce the high quality and sought-after buds. Our application can help growers determine the gender of their plants as soon as the first leaves begin to grow and in an inexpensive and less labor-intensive method.

Using our biosurfactant test strip technology, growers will have the ability to determine the gender of a cannabis plant in a quick, simple and cost-effective manner. Using chemical reactions, the results can determine whether a plant is male, female or a hermaphrodite.

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