Madhevan Asokan, Ph.D.

Chief Horticulturist

Dr. Madhevan Asokan boasts 12 years of experience as a plant tissue culture scientist and
grow manager/production manager at large-scale commercial nursery/greenhouse operations. His horticultural production experience has included working as a hands-on Head Grower Manager, Production Manager, and Operations Manager, and he has led production of all types of commercial nursery plants, plugs, bulbs, bedding plants, annuals, perennials, potted flowering plants, woody ornamentals shrubs, and trees for the nursery industry. He has designed and implemented plant-specific fertilizer programs, pests and disease management programs, PGR applications, irrigation systems, growing media formulations, and plant propagation systems.

From his early work as a researcher with the World Bank exploring plant tissue culture and genetically modifying plants (GM plant synthesis) to his work as Production Manager and Master Grower for horticultural sites spanning hundreds of acres, Dr. Asokan brings substantial experience in production factors as well as quality control, which are instrumental in the young American cannabis industry where standards are slowly emerging. Further, he has acquired extensive experience in plant tissue culture, genetically modifying plants (GM plant synthesis), greenhouse installations, and designing new nursery operations and garden centers. He has been published 25 times in scientific research publications and has co-authored chapters in two books. Dr. Asokan has also held a Qualified Applicator License (QAL) for fungicides/pesticides in California. His storied career in horticultural and agricultural production began while earning a Bachelor of Science in Plant Science/Botany. He went on to earn a Master of Science in Horticulture from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. in Horticulture from Kansas State University.