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Phylos Genotype Test

Genetic identification and insights for hemp and cannabis.

Drive business growth with genetic insights

The Phylos Genotype Test is a powerful tool for understanding and improving your plants. Get a unique genetic ID and report for every plant you test, showing identical clone matches, how they’re related to varieties around the world, and insight into their breeding potential.

Phylos Seal

Protect your IP

Defend your intellectual property and document the possession of your cannabis varieties with a time-stamped report and unique ID in the Phylos Galaxy.

Build a Trusted Brand

Get a listing on the Phylos Galaxy, the world’s largest database of genetic insights for hemp and cannabis. Every Phylos Genotype Test includes placement in the Phylos Galaxy with a shareable link to your constellation—a custom view of your varieties.

Support Open Data

You can also opt in to sharing your sequence data with the Open Cannabis Project – which helps to defend your intellectual property by cataloguing it as prior art. We will never share your data without your permission. It’s your choice—always.


“For me, defensive IP is the most important benefit of the Phylos Genotype Test. It also allows growers to start from the same baseline so we can legitimately compare growing style and product quality.”

- Tyson Haworth, Sofresh Farms

“When a customer grows a Wonderland clone and it works perfectly in their environment, they’re not guaranteed that they can buy the exact same plant that brought them success. Phylos Genotype makes this possible.”

- Kevin Jodrey, Wonderland Nursery

“This is an excellent resource for a breeder! Genetic variation shows how true breeding our cultivars are and which genetics will yield the highest number of phenotypes. In line breeding, this is highly valuable information.”

- Alan Wade, Master Grower, AW Cannabis

How it works

Genotype Testing

1. Order

Order sample collection kits online or contact our Sales Team for bulk discounts.

2. Collect

Prepare a piece of stem following our step-by-step instructions. Watch the video.

3. Submit

Send samples to our laboratory for testing.

4. Results

Your results will be ready in 4-6 weeks dependent on receipt and verification of samples. Contact our Support Team for more information on testing schedules.



$295 per kit. Contact us for bulk pricing!


One. Each kit contains what you need to submit a sample from a single plant.

We need 0.50 g of thin, dried stem material from a single plant with a diameter no larger than 3-5 mm. If using fresh stem, we need 1.00 g as the material will lose weight as it dries. Do not send flower.

Watch this sample collection video. Also, be sure to read the instruction card included in your kit carefully before beginning to collect samples. Contact us at 503-206-6599 ext. 1 or for questions about collecting samples.

Shipping Samples

Your stem sample should be placed in the envelope included in your sample collection kit and mailed to our laboratory. Do not return samples in the plastic washing tube.


You will receive a comprehensive genetic report and a unique identification for your variety. Report insights include closest genetic relatives, genetic variation, heritage, and a uniqueness score. Your plant data will also be added to the Phylos Galaxy, the world’s largest database of genetic insights for hemp and cannabis.

Based on our testing schedule, you will receive results in 4-6 weeks dependent on receipt and verification of samples. Please contact us at or 503-206-6599 ext. 1 for an estimated timelines of results.

We use genetic similarity to determine if two samples are clones. Genetic similarity tells us how alike two samples are by comparing their DNA and counting the differences between them. Samples must be at least 99% genetically identical to be considered clones.

Cannabis, like humans, has two similar copies of every part of their DNA. When you read the DNA sequence, the two copies have slight differences between them. Genetic variation (or heterozygosity), within one variety is the amount of difference between the two copies.

Two clones could have slightly different levels of genetic variation for a couple of reasons. First, one sample could be missing a few data points that are in the other sample. Second, there is technical variation introduced during processing of the sample, which can contribute slight differences in otherwise identical samples. Third, if two clonal lines were separated a long time ago, they can have what is called soma-clonal variation. As the plants grow, their cells divide and during every cell division the DNA is copied. These copies are almost identical, but some errors happen during the copying process, which leads to slight differences between clonal lines.

Inbreeding reduces genetic variation and increases trait persistence. If a line is inbred, the siblings will have very low levels of genetic variation. Most cloning is in lines with higher levels of genetic variation. Cloning preserves the genetic variation and therefore clones can have high levels of genetic variation, but will be identical to each other.

We named groups by the varieties that are dominant with the group – the names are based on phenotype or a representative variety name. Skunk and OG Kush are two group names because they are older, well-known varieties that form distinct clusters. We have a group named CBD because many of the varieties in there have higher levels of CBD (e.g., Canna-tonic, AC/DC). We named a group Berry because there were many varieties with “berry” in their names that formed this group. Hemp also forms a distinct cluster. Finally, we have a group called “Landrace” because many of the samples are not known to be drug cultivars and were collected from natural populations. However, there are likely other landrace samples that would not be part of this cluster – we just haven’t sampled them yet!

General Questions

Anyone can go to the URL on a Phylos Genotype seal and access all of the information available for that plant. This includes a genetic report and company profile.

All Phylos Genotype Tests include a time-stamped report. Additionally, all submitters may choose to make their data public with the Open Cannabis Project — an organization working to preserve the diversity of cannabis and fight false patent attempts. Both are considered forms of defensive IP.

Phylos Genotype tests alone do not make it possible to obtain a patent. That said, a time-stamped report can supplement a plant patent application filed by the creator of a unique plant.

No. There is currently no expiration for a Phylos Genotype variety.