March 29 (UPI) -- Scientists at the University of British Columbia have figured out which genes give cannabis strains their unique flavors. For pot growers, identifying and breeding for certain qualities -- like citrusy, skunky or earthy flavors -- is crucial.
"The goal is to develop well-defined and highly-reproducible cannabis varieties," Jörg Bohlmann, a professor of forestry at UBC, explained in a news release. "This is similar to the wine industry, which depends on defined varieties such as chardonnay or merlot for high value products. Our genomics work can inform breeders of commercial varieties which genes to pay attention to for specific flavor qualities."