Additional research needed to advance the hemp industry is the focus of a study currently being conducted through Holland’s Wageningen University.
The study, in the form of a public questionnaire, is intended to identify scientific consensus on agronomic practices applied to different industrial hemp varieties in a range of ecological regions, and to explore experiences and results achieved by hemp growers and other stakeholders. The project aims to uncover knowledge gaps that exist between science and practice, to indicate what kind of research is still needed for the industry, said Duncan Ralston, a master’s degree student who is leading the study.
Ralston is working under supervision of Paul Struik, a professor of crop physiology in the school’s Center for Crop Systems Analysis. Stefano Amaducci, an Italian crop expert, is a supporting author and helped develop survey questions for the study.