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Hoodia Ranch Technology and Research Lines

State of The art in Hoodia Culture Techniques

The Xerics Hoodia Group is a specialist team, with members in a few countries, that hold in sum, all together, nearly 100 years experience in Hoodia culture and research.

Our Successful Developed Lines and Attainments:

- Seed Collection, Storage, Sowing and Germination

- Cooperation with specialist field researchers and scientific collectors in three African countries.

- Plant culture systems under new optimised circumstances for fast and healthy growing.

- Absolutely successful new designs in hoodia culture devices.

- New susbtrate growing materials and formulations with umbeatable performace and security.

- Hoodia greenhouses design and building for special purposes.

Research and Development Lines in Advance Progress:

- Selected and intensive seed production under controlled variants.

- New Plant culture systems under controled variants.

- Development of high production, fast growing hybrids.

- Development of Hoodia lines for culture trials in different season rainfall areas.

- Grafting on strong, fast growing, decay and rot resistant rootstock.

- Empirical tests of fresh hoodia consumption in human volunteers.

- Selection and testing of appropriated worldwide areas suitable for intensive hoodia plantations.

- New research lines in other species with nutritional and, or pharmacological interests: other asclepiadaceae species, moringa, opuntia, others...

Research and Development Infraestructures.

Now we are developing the Agrodesierto Station Project, probably the most enterprising Arid Zone Agriculture Experimental Station for research and development in the European - African Area. Located in the Canarian Desert, Gran Canaria Island.

Research Programs in cooperation with other Research Centers:

Hoodia Ranch is assisting and providing material to researchers in the Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology at UCLA, the University of California, Los Angeles

This laboratory is working on methods to authenticate the presence of Hoodia in dietary supplements by using DNA markers because the potential for fraud in the industry is great. They are able to PCR-amplify DNA from dried, formalin-fixed, and powdered Hoodia specimens, and in so doing have found that nearly 50% of the tested raw material to be used in Hoodia dietary supplements is not Hoodia at all. Their goal is to get DNA profiles from as many Hoodia species as possible so that they can have genetic markers to distinguish the different species.

Another goal is to certify the % and quality of the Hoodia material in the dietary products.