BOULDER, Colo., March 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Front Range Biosciences ("FRB") a leading agricultural biotech company that specializes in tissue culture propagation of high value crops, announced today that it has completed restoration of the iconic Lafayette Florist greenhouse located in Lafayette, Colorado, after three months of construction. The greenhouse, which had been used for flower production since the 1970s, will now be used for industrial hemp propagation.
"We are excited for this new opportunity with FRB," said Brian J. Wheat, CEO of Lafayette Florist. "The business began in 1949 after the Yoshihara family was released from a WWII Japanese Relocation Camp and purchased two acres in Lafayette. Since then, generations of our family have worked to build growing greenhouses, a flower shop and garden center. Lafayette Florist proudly remains in the same location where we will continue to provide locally sourced plant materials and build happiness through the power of flowers."
The greenhouse is licensed by FRB's partner company Cultivas Bio LLC., and will add 12,000 sq. ft. of propagation space to FRB's current operations, enabling the Company to produce an additional 75,000 hemp rooted cuttings per month from it's tissue culture Clean Stock program for Spring 2018; a 400% increase in production. The upgraded features will allow for lighting control, climate control, manipulation of plants' life cycles and energy conservation.
"This greenhouse will be the cornerstone of nursery production for our Clean Stock hemp program as it provides adequate space to acclimatize our tissue culture plants and prepare them for delivery to our customers throughout Colorado," said Dr. Jon Vaught, Founder and CEO of FRB. "We restored the greenhouse for the sole purpose of expanding our proprietary Clean Stock Program, where we propagate disease-free and pesticide-free plants in a sterile environment to supply growers with healthy, high-yielding plants. FRB is committed to continuing to strengthen the supply chain and this greenhouse will better enable us to do so."
For more information on Front Range Biosciences, please visit http://www.frontrangebio.com.
About Front Range Biosciences
FRB is an agricultural biotech company that specializes in tissue culture propagation of high value crops at industrial scale to improve consistency and efficiency for clone production. FRB also has an advanced breeding program for identifying and improving commercially relevant traits. FRB is located in Lafayette, Colorado.
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