At Vespucci Collective Inc., we’re committed to using science and technology to increase the efficiency and sustainability of agriculture, while reducing costs. We’re leveraging cutting-edge techniques, methods, and equipment, across fields like computer science and genetics to update agriculture for the 21st century. Combined with a cash crop like industrial hemp, these methods stand to revitalize the agricultural industry in the State of Hawaii and beyond. Welcome to the future of agriculture.
We plan to implement a variety of state-of-the-art scientific techniques to help maximize yields, minimize waste, accelerate breeding, and optimize our hemp cultivation. One of our primary focuses is Plant tissue culture, a discipline of botany that focuses on growing or replicating plant cells and tissue in a laboratory environment using nutrient mixtures known as culture medium. Using controlled environments enables more accurate research results and reduces the overall usage of materials used in the research process. Plant tissue culture allows us to do things like grow entire plants from a single plant cell or tissue sample, removing the need for planting seeds. The sub-area known as micropropagation enables us to replicate many copies of a particular plant through the process of cloning, enabling expedited harvest cycles and research projects.
Genetics and BREEDING
Genetics play a key role in the life of every organism, especially in the optimization of agricultural crops. Alongside traditional methods like hybridization and feminization, we’re planning to use a variety of advanced genetics methods. By using techniques like genome sequencing, we can gain insight into how traits like disease resistance and physical size are influenced by genes. Techniques like PCR and non-GMO genetic editing allow us to quickly breed plants that have ideal traits, enabling more efficient cultivation, higher yields, and quality assurance. In the case of industrial hemp minimizing THC content is of high importance, which can be accomplished most effectively using genetics. To maintain ethical and organic standards all of our planned work with genetics is non-transgenic, meaning we are NOT creating potentially harmful GMO crops. We only intend to modulate genes that naturally exist within the genome of Cannabis.
Computer SCIENCE and iot
Data and analytics are essential to optimizing cultivation. We’re planning on utilizing the IoT (Internet of Things) to gain insights by deploying arrays of sensors in our fields and greenhouses. These sensors track growth parameters like temperature, soil health, and moisture in the microenvironments of our cultivation areas. Data from sensors is relayed to computer systems and applications to allow constant, real-time monitoring of growth conditions. Sensor integration and data analysis allows us to hastily identify problems, patterns, and isolate inefficiencies in our cultivation process. We’re also researching implementing artificial intelligence and blockchain technology to gain further insights, better manage logistics, and increase production transparency.