Comparison of Hops and Hemp for Value-Added Agriculture in New Mexico


Hops (Humulus lupulus) and hemp (Cannabis sativa) are both members of the family Cannabaceae, flowering plants often used for their secondary metabolites, especially terpenes. Both have potential to be economically important in New Mexico, in particular the development of new and unique varieties of hops for brewing, and for production of fiber, oils, seed protein, and medicinal compounds. The goal of this project is a review of the literature to support preparation of a manuscript on the characterization of H. lupulus neomexicanus varieties and hybrid, and to support preparation of a review article on co-products from hemp to new experimental research.

Completion Objectives:

• Complete required safety training including basic radiation safety (for hemp to be used in phytoremediation)
• Complete training needed to be included in hops characterization methods experimental safety plans (ESP).
• Conduct literature review on H. lupulus neomexicanus and hops varieties grown in southern latitudes; assist with preparation of manuscript.
• Conduct literature review on products and applications of hemp; assist with preparation of experimental plans and proposals.

Faculty Advisor:


Required Competencies

at least 21 years of age, CHME 101

Student Researcher:

Jaegar Strong

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