ABR Ashburton zeolite study shows increased weed yields

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Ashburton Ventures Inc. has released the analysis of the final weight of dried
marijuana harvested from plants involved in a study of cannabis cultivated
with zeolite from the Z-1 zeolite quarry near Cache Creek, B.C.
Plants enriched with a zeolite-carbon blend produced up to 29% more dry
cannabis (in a 0.9% to 29.4% range), with an average per-plant increase of
7.8% compared to control plants grown in straight coconut husk fibre (coco
coir). Plants enriched with straight zeolite produced up to 19% more dry
cannabis (in a 2.3% to 19.0% range), with an average increase of 7.1% in total
harvest yields compared to the control group average.
According to Albert Kasprowicz, BSc, "Each of the study's eighteen test groups
and two control groups produced a cluster of six data points within a range.
The average value of each data cluster is the key information, because an
operation's total harvest is proportional to the average plant's yield. We can
now predict with confidence the effect of ten distinct soil recipes on total
harvests, when applied on an operation-wide scale. Two of those recipes stand
out from the rest."
The study produced a scatter chart of data points measured in grams,
representing per-plant marijuana yields in twenty groups of six plants each.
The study was split between two strains, Meltdown and CBD God, grouped
according to levels of enrichment with straight zeolite, straight carbon, or a zeolite-carbon blend mixed into a base soil of coco coir. 

To obtain data, whole plants were hung to dry for one week in a controlled-humidity
environment before flowers were removed and weight measurements taken under Kasprowicz' supervision.
Kasprowicz stated, "Straight zeolite and zeolite-carbon blends gave us the
biggest gains, each with an average production increase of over 7% consistent
across both strains. Our next phase of research will attempt to push this
number higher by adjusting zeolite particle sizes. We believe a 10% production
increase may be a realistic goal. Our pending order for 20 tons of Z-1 Zeolite
has been adjusted to include a blend of fine particle sizes specific to our
Ashburton President David Gdanski stated, "Our study demonstrates a simpler
route to the higher yields cultivators are after. In an industry where costs
of production are high, typically exceeding 50% of the wholesale value of
marijuana produced, a 7% or 10% increase in yields and revenue can equate to a
15% or 20% increase in net profit. We're extremely pleased about what our
study says about the potential return on investment for Z-1 Zeolite customers
in the commercial marijuana sector."
Ashburton currently awaits Kasprowicz' analysis of data recently released by
MB Labs, to better understand the mechanisms by which zeolite and carbon act
to increase marijuana yields.
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