A&L Canada Laboratories announced confirmation of several new disease issues in cannabis production. "Rapid growth of cannabis production has growers finding new profit reducing pest and disease problems", the company explains. "Our extensive disease diagnostic capability allows for quick identification of these new pathogens and implementation of preventative actions."
Publication in scientific journals will be made documenting the nature of the pathogens and related diseases.
Left: Tobacco Streak Virus (TSV). Right: Cannabis Witches' Broom
The new cannabis diseases identified by A&L Laboratories include:
- Tomato bushy stunt virus (TBSV) - First report of TBSV in Cannabis globally
- Tobacco streak virus (TSV) - First report of TSV in Cannabis globally
- First report of Phytoplasma associated with Cannabis Witches' Broom in Canada
- Identified Golovinomyces cichoracearumas the most frequent pathogen associated with powdery mildew in Cannabis
“We have been working with greenhouse producers for years to identify and manage pest problems. It is not surprising that cannabis production will have to prepare for and overcome new pest issues,” said Greg Patterson, CEO of A&L.
According to the company, A & L Laboratories’ experienced agronomists and pathologists are well positioned to help licensed cannabis producers with agronomic advice for disease management. The company also offers a world-class facility and expertise in diagnostics for water, growing media and finished cannabis product.
“Identifying new diseases can be challenging. Our diagnostic portfolio is comprised of very specific methodologies using state-of-the-art molecular technologies allowing A&L to confirm over 400 plant diseases,“ according to Dr. Keri Wang, Microbiology Lab Manager, A&L Canada Laboratories.