Sunrise Genetics returns to the 2019 Plant and Animal Genome Conference


Sunrise Genetics returns to the 2019 Plant and Animal Genome Conference to discuss advances and applications of Cannabis genomics

SAN DIEGO, CA - January 10, 2019 - Sunrise Genetics, Inc., has organized the second annual Cannabis Genomics panel for the International Plant and Animal Genome Conference taking place January 12-16, 2019. The Plant and Animal Genome conference is an annual gathering of top genomic scientists and experts, with over 2,400 abstracts and 180 workshops. Sunrise Genetics returns to the 2019 PAG Conference as the Cannabis Genomics panel organizer and moderator. Speakers will explore current research focused on generating genomic tools in Cannabis to further the development of dedicated cultivars for the emerging Cannabis industry.

“Cannabis prohibition is ending in many countries across the globe. The PAG Cannabis workshop provided a much needed venue for genome scientists to share their research plans and results, and coordinate efforts to bring this newly legal crop into the modern era of genomics,” 2018 speaker and New West Genetics co-founder Dr. John McKay states about the previous workshop. Dr. Graham King, of Southern Cross University, echoes McKay’s sentiment, “This was the first opportunity to meet with leading international players representing the emerging Cannabis genetics and genomics research community. For our lab it gave us confidence that we were on a worthwhile path, and now have the company of high achieving colleagues into the future.”

Sunrise Genetics’ CEO, Dr. CJ Schwartz, will moderate sessions from Dr. Sean Myles of Dalhousie University; Dr. Todd Michael of J. Craig Venter Institute; Clemon J. Dabney III of Weiblen Laboratory, University of Minnesota; Dr. Timothy Harkins of Medicinal Genomics; Dr. Kayla M. Hardwick of Phylos; Dr. Noel O.I. Cogan of Agriculture Victoria; and Dr. Simone Rochfort of Agriculture Victoria.

Schwartz organized and spoke at the inaugural Cannabis Genomics panel in 2018. During this inaugural presentation, another first was established when Sunrise Genetics announced they have successfully mapped the cannabis genome, the first group reporting having resolved the complex gene organization of Cannabis, an essential marker-assisted breeding tool. Dr. George Weiblen, another 2018 speaker, states, “Last year’s workshop at PAG was a first in exposing Cannabis science to the light of day. Compared to other economically important crops, Cannabis is finally getting the attention it deserves. 

The 2018 panel included Christopher Grassa of Sunrise Genetics and Harvard University; Graham King of Southern Cross University; John McKay of New West Genetics and Colorado State University; Jason Sawler of Anandia Labs; and George Weiblen of University of Minnesota.


About the Plant and Animal Genome Conference

The Plant & Animal Genome Conference (PAG) is designed to provide a forum on recent developments and future plans for plant & animal genome projects. Consisting of technical presentations, poster sessions, exhibits and workshops, the conference is an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas and applications on this internationally important project.

To learn more or register for the event, visit: 2019 - PAG XXVII - Plant & Animal Genome Conference 

About Sunrise Genetics

Sunrise Genetics provides superior breeding consultation to licensed producers seeking to develop unique, high-quality cultivars for specific end-uses. Through accelerated breeding efforts using genetic markers, we apply phenotypic and agronomic insight to produce the most comprehensive platform for creating legitimate, commercial-ready plants or varietal lines.

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