Brno conference will explore hemp in phytoremediation

Cannabis plant generic with crystals showing.

Hemp’s tendency to absorb contaminants from the earth is among subjects to be explored during the fourth edition of “Cannabis & Science,” a conference set April 18, 2018 at Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic.

While hemp is seen by some as useful in phytoremediation – in which plants absorb contaminants such as mineral fertilizers, composts and sewage sludges – the plant’s absorptive properties could mean it is more susceptible to contamination of hemp crops grown for other end uses.

Marie Bjelková, Agritec Šumperk, a plant science researcher based in the Czech Republic, will look at hemp’s ability to reduce or eliminate heavy metal from soil caused by intensive farming and industry.

Bjelková will balance hemp in phytoremediation with the potential for contamination in the cultivation and production of fiber, organic dry plant matter for industrial applications, and as seeds destined for food and oil.

Mendel U. expanding hemp research

Mendel University is rapidly expanding exploration of industrial hemp in its broader cannabis research program. That’s due in part to legislative changes that have made the Czech Republic an attractive destination for foreign investors interested in cannabis research.

Also presenting are Hana Gabrielova, Hempoint, Czech Republic, who’ll give an overview of global trends in the cannabis industry, and Ethan Russo, MD, research director at the Prague-based International Cannabis and Cannabinoid Institute, who’ll talk about medical applications for cannabinoids, terpenoids and flavonoids, and their corresponding biochemical and physiological effects.

A total of 15 speakers will address the one-day international event.

Register here for the conference.