Yousoon Baek, Ph.D., is a lecturer in the School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University. Yousoon’s expertise focuses primarily around hemp production and processing. With a comprehensive background in plant sciences encompassing physiology, genetics, and molecular biology, her particular interest lies in plant reproduction. She actively collaborates with faculties at Cornell University to develop courses, integrating their pioneering research in hemp sciences to enhance the course content and provide students with the latest advancement in the field.
Cannabis is a genus of flowering plants that includes several species. Hemp is a variety of the Cannabis sativa species and is grown specifically for its strong fibers and seeds, which are used for various industrial, medicinal, and food products. Cannabis is a complex plant with a variety of characteristics and features, including growth habits, chemical composition, and genetics.
In this course, you will explore the differences among cannabis species in order to help determine their suitability to different agricultural goals. You will also review the many different cultivars, or varieties of plant, within each species, each with its own unique combination of traits, such as high fiber content, high seed yield, or high CBD content. Lastly, you will examine the physiology and morphology of hemp to optimize growth and cultivation practices.
Upon completion of this course, you will have gained a basic scientific understanding of cannabis in regards to producing high-quality hemp crops. You will also be able to select the appropriate cultivar based on your agricultural goals to optimize hemp production.
Key Course Takeaways
- Classify cannabis species and identify types of cultivars and their suitability to your goals
- Explore the basics of genetic mechanisms for cultivating desired traits in hemp
- Explore hemp physiology/morphology to further understand the development stage of cannabis plants in relation to agricultural goals
How It Works
Who Should Enroll
- Horticulturists and agronomists
- Plant, seed, and greenhouse technicians
- Seed purveyors
- Plant breeders and breeding companies
- CBD product developers
- Agriculture regulators
- Entrepreneurs and business developers
- Supply chain managers
- IP lawyers