LeafWorks only accepts DNA submitted through our Gender ID Test kit. Do not send Cannabis plant material or products.
LeafWorks, a plant genetics company specializing in botanical identification for cannabis and hemp, has launched its proprietary Gender ID Test to solve a pervasive problem among cannabis cultivators – male plants. Rapid and 99.9 percent accurate screening and removal of male plants is critical in the cannabis industry as males lack the desirable buds sold at dispensaries and can ruin harvests with accidental pollination of neighboring females, which turns lucrative buds into seeds.
The normal wait time to learn a cannabis plant’s gender can be more than five weeks after germination. LeafWorks’ DNA-based test for Gender ID turns five weeks into 14 days and eliminates the human-error factor prevalent in traditional plant “sexing,” according to the company.
Comprised of a leadership team of specialized plant geneticists trained in next-generation genomic methods, chemistry and bioinformatics, LeafWorks is the first herbal genetics company to offer a comprehensive DNA validation system in the cannabis market.
By only working with DNA, which is not subject to Schedule I restriction, LeafWorks is able to provide comprehensive DNA-based solutions for cannabis supply chain issues no matter where they occur
Cannabis plants come in two sexes - male and female, both determined by a XY and XX chromosomal system, respectively. LeafWorks’ rapid identification of males in 14 days is integral to maintain efficient supply to the $12.1B US cannabis industry. By enabling seedling stage identification of the Y chromosome in cannabis males with 99.9 percent accuracy for quick male removal, the LeafWorks Gender ID Test saves at least 20 percent of operational costs per harvest.