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The Most Advanced Marijuana Book on the Shelf
on November 29, 2005
If you are new to growing then this is not where you want to be going. So you have been warned. There are other books that are designed for beginners and advanced cannabis cultivators like "The Cannabis Grow Bible" by Greg Green (the same author as this book). However if what you want is the science of the cannabis plant from a botanical perspective with information on modern breeding concepts and how the seed/clone industry works, or if you want to expand your cannabis knowledge to the cutting edge then read on.
The book is divided into a number of sections. It starts by introducing us to the cannabis genetics market "an overview of the cannabis strain market" and explains what cannabis seeds and clones are all about and the differences between the two. It then covers the science of breeding "Basic Breeding" and explains the various principles involved. By the end of that chapter you will understand genetics and can apply these models to any living organism. The author then explains how parent plants are used to create multiple strains "Donor Parents, Pollination and Seeds" which clarifies why several strains all have similar parents, for example Kush, Masterkush, Jack Herer, Jack Flash, Blueberry and Flo, before taking about compatibility issues when attempting to breed new strains. You can see all of these different standards in action if you investigate the seed market. This book tells you how they do it. The next section of the book goes into the science of cannabis cells, DNA, evolution and mutations. Here you are shown a number of mutations that seem to occur naturally with the cannabis plant with ways of forcing mutations in the cannabis plant by using mutagens that you can buy from a local gardening store or the chemist. This is a big topic that explains all those strange things that growers see when cultivating cannabis. The process of Tissue Culture is explained and anyone who wants to try and produce several hundred cuttings from a single plant in one go without any regeneration of the mother plant can do it by experimenting with the methods outlined in that chapter. It works and involves slicing leaves into small samples for culturing in small dishes. Before you could only generate as many clones as the mother plant had branches to give up for it. Now we can slice leaves to produce much more. There are many intervals in the book where breeder's talk about their work or explain how they go about creating strains or the market is explored to find what growers have been buying and what growers like to see from their plants. There are methods here for quarantining foreign cuttings so that you do not accidentally bring plant diseases into your grow room. Gender related issues, an interesting debate that still rages on today, is explained using both scientific principles and real world growing situations. In the "The Cannabis Grow Bible" we are given methods of sex reversal for producing seeds from a female by a procedure called selfing (also covered in this book), but "The Cannabis Breeder's Bible" shows us how to actually completely reverse sex in the cannabis plant. How to turn a female into a male (note: not a hermaphrodite but an actual male plant). This is some of the most amazing cannabis knowledge you will ever read. The end section of the book is a complete morphology of the cannabis plant which talks about each part, piece by piece, a sort of `cannabis anatomy'. All the different ways that cannabis can be continued either by seeds or cloning by cloning and pollination are covered along with pollen and manual pollination techniques. You get lots of information on hormones between the pages. Polyploidy is correctly explained for the first time in any publication. There are notes of Cannabinoid Biosynthesis with some molecular structure diagrams. If you have any advanced question about the cannabis plant then "The Cannabis Breeder's Bible" is exactly where you should turn. If your question is about horticulture and cultivation then consult "The Cannabis Grow Bible".
This is a complete cannabis book full of illustrations, photographs and a huge color section. It goes into such a diverse range of cannabis topics, across the board stuff, that you will turn to it time and time again for advanced cannabis information. As a sequel to his other book "The Cannabis Grow Bible", it just goes to show how important that book is for any and all cultivators. Owning both of these books is a must for anybody who wants to have a very good cannabis reference library. You can't go wrong with both of them and knowing the information here will help better your judgement about some of the pseudoscience that is put out there by other cannabis publications. This is the one that gets it right.