Verifying the authenticity of a strain:
We don't have strains in South Africa any more.
We used to have names from strains over here, but at some point the strain names just fell off the earth, and actually for good reason. Before we go into the reason let's see how this has affected the market (black market). We no longer have strain names, or atleast the ones we do have aren't really taken seriously, which means that people don't trust the authenticity of strains. This sucks cause I see some pretty cool genetics come accross the black market and often they are grown in setups where they are allowed to polinate and produce regular seeds. So I have lots of seeds, but I don't know what they are. I wanted to solve this problem, so I started doing some research.
What happened to strains in South Africa?
There are several things that happened, but in my opinion most of what happened to strains can be attributed to a very interesting syndicate that started flooding the black market with very good quality brick weed that stood out from what other people were putting on the market at the time. The problem is that this syndicate that won't be named decided to add their own labels to strains with strain names and pictures of each strain.
This is what those labels looked like:( I blacked out the trademark of the Syndicate for their sake)
Phylos Galaxy is an open database that maps out Cannabis and hemp genetics. I think the idea behind it is to have an open database that anyone can use to find out more about a strain.
Here is a screenshot of the Phylos Galaxy's open database:
You can access the database here:
Let's look at an entry in the Phylos datbase:
Here is the page for the entry in the db:
Btw if you are a breeder have a look at Phylos, they got some pretty cool sex test kits that can be used to determine the sex of a plant when you are growing from regulars and you would like to know which are males and which seedlings are females.
How to get into Phylos's Database:
To get into the Phylos database you need to buy a testing kit which costs around $300. It is definately worth it if you can afford it. I'm not sure how many times you can use a single testing kit, but it seems like a small price to play for eternally being registered into the Phylos database.
As time goes on and more products like this appear I guess this kind of testing will also get cheaper.
From a tech perspective I'm very curious what Phylos's db is using on the backend as a datastore.