Developing a microscope for trichome inspection

US (TX): Professor helps students through hemp breeding program

A Texas A&M professor in the Soil and Crop Sciences Department volunteered to lead his students through an industrial hemp breeding program.

Professor Russell Jessup and his students are finding new ways cannabis can be used in Texas and how this research is putting them ahead in a growing industry.

With a microscope, Meredith Clay, an undergraduate researcher, is further developing her research.

“I have been developing a microscope trying to develop when trichomes are ready to harvest so that we know when the plant is ready for us,” said Clay. “I explored different options for us to put it on our phones since it is a tiny iMicroscope and different ways that can allow us to maneuver the plant to see the trichomes effectively.”

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