Journal Club #12: Kratom Cultivation Studied

Journal Club with Dr. Jonathan Cachat
Journal Club with Dr. Jonathan Cachat
Journal Club #12: Kratom Cultivation Studied

This time Dr. Jonathan Cachat and I look at a study where a team from University of Florida cultivated 68 kratom trees in a greenhouse, gave them varying levels of fertilizer, and measured for biomass, chlorophyll, and alkaloid content. Dr. Jon talks about similar studies he did with cannabis, and we go into what that would mean for a domestic kratom agriculture industry, home growers, and further science on the plant biology of kratom.

Article discussed in this episode: Zhang M, Sharma A, León F, et al. Effects of Nutrient Fertility on Growth and Alkaloidal Content in Mitragyna speciosa (Kratom). Front Plant Sci. 2020;11:597696. Published 2020 Dec 21. doi:10.3389/fpls.2020.597696

Full text

Contact Dr. Jonathan Cachat @jcachat on Twitter and at

Music: Captain Bigwheel “Moonrunner”

Produced by Brian Gallagher for

Disclaimer: There is no content on the Kratom Science Podcast nor on that in any way constitutes medical claims or medical advice. You should consult a medical professional for medical advice and we believe this sincerely. Take care.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *