Unlike many other plants, Cannabis sativa (hemp) produces male and female individuals. It is established that sex determination is genetic, but the exact molecular pathways involved remain elusive.

In this project, we will use genomics and transcriptomics to identify genes controlling sex determination in Cannabis. This will involve:

  • Analysis of a mapping population segregating for sex expression
  • Genome sequencing, assembly and annotation
  • Analysis of the effect of plant hormones on sex expression
  • Transcriptomics
  • Plant growth and phenotyping