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Canada's first cannabis PhD hired in Kelowna

The Flowr Corporation made headlines today as they hired the country's first Cannabis Cultivation Ph.D. to work right here in Kelowna.

Dr. Deron Caplan, who is the first person in North America to earn a Ph.D. with research focused on cannabis production, was awarded his doctorate by the University of Guelph in Aug. 2018. He will join the Canadian licensed producer of cannabis products as their director of plant science.

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Caplan will work out of the company's cultivation and R&D facilities located in Kelowna and Lake Country.

Flowr described Caplan as an expert in growing substrates, fertilization protocols, propagation techniques, and irrigation management.

"Flowr is focused on producing premium quality cannabis at scale with industry-leading efficiency and that requires remaining a leader in both cultivation techniques and genetics," wrote Tom Flow, Flowr's co-founder. "We believe that adding Deron to our existing team and alliance with Hawthorne Canada strengthens our position at the forefront of understandings the tools and techniques needed to grow great cannabis."

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