This unique university-level course is open to the general public and provides an in depth understanding of how to optimize cannabinoid yield in Cannabis. We are continuously reviewing the emerging scientific literature to determine best practices for:
– Nutrition, fertilizers, and media
– HID and LED lighting
– Temperature, humidity and carbon dioxide enrichment
– Flowering and photoperiod
– Harvesting and curing
– Pest and disease management
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Registration ends October 31, 2021
This course assumes at least a high school understanding of chemistry and biology.
DeBacco, an adjunct plant science instructor, created a unique “choose your own adventure” model for the advanced course that focuses in more detail on growing cannabis successfully. With this model, students can choose to dig deeper on aspects that are of the most interest to them, getting greater insight into certain parts of the process. This will include allowing students to learn how to propagate from seeds or clones, as well as the finer aspects of growing indoors versus outdoors.
Since the ground-breaking UConn course launched two years ago, public perception and legislation related to cannabis have continued to evolve.
While Berkowitz and other UConn instructors have offered the introductory course previously, adding the advanced option is an important step towards a potential degree program.
‘Blazing New Ground’
“Faculty at the University of Connecticut have expertise across the cannabis spectrum – from cutting-edge research to legal and ethical issues, and cannabis-related entrepreneurship,” says Chaubey. “There is tremendous demand from students and industry, and we’re happy to provide courses that can better prepare them for success.”
“Our students see career potential and want to gain experience. Businesses need highly trained scientists to support the growth of this industry, and they are seeking talented graduates to enter their workforce,” said Berkowitz in an earlier interview. “By offering more and more targeted courses, we can help both groups. It’s a win-win.”
In addition to DeBacco and Berkowitz, other UConn cannabis researchers are putting UConn as the cutting-edge of cannabis innovation. For example, Yi Li, a professor in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture,has been developing gene editing technologies for cannabis to manipulate commercially important genes in the plant, and Jessica Lubell-Brand, an associate professor in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, is developing new hemp varieties and methods to improve commercial production.
Berkowitz hopes the expansion of the courses will help pave the way to develop a much larger program to keep up with emerging cannabis activity.