Seed Quality Investigations
Seed Quality Seed physiology: Hemp seed is becoming a popular choice for health-conscious consumers as awareness of its novel amino acid and fatty acid profiles grows. The lipids of hemp seeds are enriched for essential polyunsaturated fatty acids. Notably, they are high in linoleic, alpha- and gamma-linolenic acids in ratios similar to those found in fish oil. This, along with a protein content of ~30%, make hemp seed a viable dietary option for health conscious consumers.
Our research into the genetics underlying these important nutritional components will allow us to more efficiently create varieties demonstrating higher protein contents and elevated levels of the essential fatty acids.