The Flowr Corporation (TSXV:FLWR) made history last week with the hiring of Dr. Deron Caplan, an expert in growing substrates, fertilization protocols, propagation techniques and irrigation management and the first person to earn a doctorate in cannabis cultivation in North America.
The Flowr Corporation (TSXV:FLWR) added to Canada’s cannabis history last week by hiring Dr. Deron Caplan as director of plant science. According to an article by Kelowna Now, Dr. Caplan is the first person to be granted a cannabis cultivation PhD in North America and was awarded his doctorate from the University of Guelph in August 2018, where he based his research on cannabis production.
Dr. Caplan will be working out of Flowr’s cultivation and R&D facility in Kelowna, which is 50 percent operational at this time. He is an expert in growing substrates, fertilization protocols, propagation techniques and irrigation management, which will be a benefit to both Flowr and strategic partner Hawthorne Canada Limited, a subsidiary of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (NYSE:SMG), as the two companies conduct R&D programs on cannabis cultivation systems.
“Flowr is focused on producing premium quality cannabis at scale with industry-leading efficiency and that requires remaining a leader in both cultivation techniques and genetics,” said Flowr co-founder Tom Flow. “We believe that adding Deron to our existing team and alliance with Hawthorne Canada strengthens our position at the forefront of understandings the tools and techniques needed to grow great cannabis.”
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