Ensure Clean Cannabis Crops From Clone to Harvest
Columns - Tomorrow in Cannabis
A look at the common contamination sources, how to avoid them, and why a viroid threat may make the case for new propagation processes.
April 14, 2021
. Kenneth Morrow
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Broad mites, russet mites, spider mites, aphids, whiteflies, fungus gnats and powdery mildew are just a few of the threats for cannabis plants and cultivation facilities, be it indoor, outdoor or a greenhouse. As many cannabis pests as there are, there are about just as many potential infection/contamination sources.
Here are some primary sources of contamination:
Home gardens. Some employees may have home grows (i.e., they grow cannabis and other crops in gardens at home). If said grow/garden is contaminated, it is possible to bring that contaminant to other locations, including that employee’s workplace. Some cannabis companies have put policies in place banning employees from participating in home cultivation. While this policy does indeed protect the business’s crop from home garden contamination, employers risk alienating talented, passionate prospective employees. Companies considering implementing these policies must weigh them carefully.