, Volume 62, Issue 3, pp 187-200

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Characterisation of Cannabis accessions with regard to cannabinoid content in relation to other plant characters

  • E. P. M. de MeijerAffiliated withCentre for Plant Breeding and Reproduction Research (CPRO/DLO)
  • , H. J. van der KampAffiliated withState Institute for Quality Control of Agricultural Products (RIKILT-DLO)
  • , F. A. van EeuwijkAffiliated withCentre for Plant Breeding and Reproduction Research (CPRO/DLO)

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Ninety seven Cannabis accessions were evaluated for cannabinoid content and non-chemical plant characters. Variation within populations for cannabinoid content, and consistency of chemical characters at the population level were investigated. The relationship between chemical and other plant characters was very limited. Leaflet width and phenological data can be used for a rough prediction of the chemical phenotype on a population level. Various combinations of cannabinoid content and other economic plant characters were observed, thus a breeding programme will not be hampered by strict linkage. For a selection programme a direct analysis of cannabinoids will be inevitable.

Key words

Cannabis cannabinoids evaluation hemp variation