Hard to say , hortapharm was definitely interested in that field from there early days and the technology has been available for quite some time. Wouldn’t it suck to find out every strain with skunk1, g13 , northern lights etc carries the marker and is owned by somebody. Almost all of the seed companies over there have Dave’s genetics , I trust sensi seeds somewhat because they got there stock from nevil and there was alot of arguing back in the day over who had what and from where. Robert layed the foundation with his books to become the leading authority on cannabis , funny how he had a degree in cannabis botany before they were even available. They have been setting this up for a long time , prior art , the proof these strains existed before them is all we have. That will even be difficult because everybody keeps crossing new to old making sure everything is a mixed up as possible. You can’t own prior existing varieties that are in the public domain and you can’t own landraces. Notice the push to destroy land race genetics threw contamination. I was at a BBQ with some bigger growers and one of the south American dudes was there. Well one of there workers not anybody high up. Anyways he overheard me talking genetics with some people and quickly jumped in , rudely demanding to know what landraces I have and where I got them. He looked really upset when I told him there are people getting as many landraces out as possible before there gone. He immediantly wanted to trade beans and I declined and then he went off on how gmo cannabis is the way of the future, preaching patents and how everybody else is old news. I explained to everybody there exactly what he was talking about and why it’s horrible while he glared at me from across the table. He abruptly left and everybody there let me know he is a real asshole and I should avoid him. They only allow him around out of fear, you see this person grows prob 10’000 plants in a county where people get busted for more then 6 and he employees most of them to work for him. These were all guys that had commercial licenses untill the county flipped the rules around, now they work for the egomaniac who seems to be allowed to do what ever he wants.
Odd how nevil was pushed into hiding while people like ben , arjan etc were building empires, all with the help of high times , the same magazine that brought all the attention to nevil that resulted in international warrents.