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Flowr and Hawthorne Canada open new facility for cultivation research


January 5, 2021
By Grow Opportunity staff

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Hawthorne R&D facility (Credit: The Flowr Corporation)

The Flowr Corporation and Hawthorne Canada Ltd. announced a new research and development facility that could be the world’s first facility dedicated to advancing cannabis cultivation techniques and systems.

The new R&D Centre, located in Kelowna, B.C., includes state-of-the-art laboratories, indoor grow suites, and training areas in a single building. Flowr is looking to test cultivation systems and techniques with Hawthorne’s lighting, fertilization and irrigation systems. Flowr is also looking into its own research on genetics and integrated growing systems.

“The completion of the R&D Centre brings our work with Hawthorne fully to life and will help keep both companies on the leading edge of cannabis cultivation for years to come,” said Lance Emanuel, President and Interim Chief Executive Officer of Flowr. “The work we will do at the R&D Center will help us build upon the success we’ve had producing high quality, premium cannabis like our award-winning, flagship-strain BC Pink Kush beloved by budtenders and consumers throughout Canada.”

The R&D Centre is the centrepiece of a strategic R&D partnership formed by Flowr and Hawthorne in March 2018.he operations will be led by Dr. Deron Caplan, the first person in North America to earn a PhD focused on cannabis cultivation and production. Dr. Caplan was awarded his doctorate by the University of Guelph in August 2018 and is Flowr’s Director of Research and Development.

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The R&D Centre will be staffed by Flowr’s scientists, five of whom have PhDs in various plant biology, plant genetics and plant biochemistry disciplines. Hawthorne R&D will lead the research design and methodology.

The R&D Centre plans to be operating at full capacity in Spring 2021. Research has already begun conducting growing trials at scale using Hawthorne products.

 

Executives from The Flowr Corporation, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company and Hawthorne Gardening are joined by elected officials at the ground breaking for the companies’ cannabis research and development facility in Kelowna, B.C. in October 2020. (Credit: The Flowr Corporation)