Sophie Watts, Michel McElroy, Zoë Migicovsky, Hugo Maassen, Robin van Velzen & Sean Myles

Published in Nature plants

October 2021 



Analysis of over 100 Cannabis samples quantified for terpene and cannabinoid content and genotyped for over 100,000 single nucleotide polymorphisms indicated that Sativa- and Indica-labelled samples were genetically indistinct on a genome-wide scale. Instead, we found that Cannabis labelling was associated with variation in a small number of terpenes whose concentrations are controlled by genetic variation at tandem arrays of terpene synthase genes.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2021.11.004



Watts, S., McElroy, M., Migicovsky, Z., Maassen, H., van Velzen, R., & Myles, S. (2021). Cannabis labelling is associated with genetic variation in terpene synthase genes. Nature plants, 7(10), 1330-1334.