Important Considerations for Molecular Approaches to Screening Methods for the Detection of Aspergillus spp, in Cannabis
This webinar was hosted by Analytical Cannabis in July 2020 and the speaker was Julia Bramante, Marijuana Reference Laboratory Lead Scientist and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
As the nascent cannabis industry grows, there is a burgeoning demand for novel approaches to pathogen detection in a variety of cannabis matrices. Notably, a need for fungal testing in cannabis products has been indicated. While fungal analysis has historically been conducted utilizing cultural methodology, there has been a recent focus on alternative, molecular-based assays for fungal detection and identification in cannabis. In response to innovation in the industry and a desire for more rapid, highly specific approaches to testing, molecular-based testing platforms were evaluated for the detection and identification of Aspergillus spp. in cannabis.