April 11th, 2017, VANCOUVER, B.C. – ASHBURTON VENTURES INC. (ABR-TSX:V) (ARB-FRANKFURT)  (“Ashburton” or the "Company”) is pleased to announce that zeolite has been shipped to BC Bud Depot (BCBD) Strain Development and Test Facility 1 Gulf Islands. Zeolite field trials are to commence according to ongoing crop rotations in the 1,900-plant greenhouse facility, which features advanced light deprivation and supplementation systems to allow year-round cannabis cultivation.

Phase One is intended to determine if the filtration and aeration capacity of zeolite has potential to reduce soil-borne pests and illnesses by reducing non-beneficial bacteria, fungal spores and other microbes, insects and chemicals present in the growth medium. Testing will also monitor chemical composition and microbe biology of root zone growth media and liquid runoff. Comparative data will enumerate differences between zeolite-fortified groups and control groups consisting of standard coco coir and peat-based potting mixtures. Testing is designed to measure the impacts of zeolite’s filtration and retention capacity on the overall fertility and properties of cannabis growth media.

Microbial analysis adhering to verifiable scientific practices and internationally recognized methods at MB Labs Ltd facilities in Saanich BC will measure growth media and liquid runoff for the presence of algae and protozoa, fungi, yeasts and bacteria. Dynamic Ecoystems Crop Protection of Salt Spring Island will conduct entomological inventories to detect estimated population variances of soil-born insect pests between control and zeolite test groups.

MB Labs will also test growth media and liquid runoff samples for a range of fertility factors including Nitrogen PH, (TKN), Phosphorus (P), Potassium (K), Organic Matter, Major and Minor Elements including Boron, Cadmium, Cobalt, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Molybdenum, Zinc, Conductivity (Salinity) and Carbon/Nitrogen Ratio. Of interest is whether zeolite confers upon growth media an increased capacity to retain beneficial nutrients and to act as a buffer against leaching and soil acidification.

The cannabis-certified MB Labs laboratory will also analyze finished marijuana samples for total potency, terpenes, flavonoids and contaminants following the field study.

“The scale of operations and growth methods deployed at our chosen test facilities will allow us to gather statistically relevant data pertaining to the root-zone fertility and ecology of cannabis grown with Z-1 zeolite quarried in Cache Creek BC,” stated Ashburton Ventures Inc. President David Gdanski. He continued, “BCBD growers are pleased to test a material with the potential to make cannabis cultivation a more successful enterprise.”

Ashburton Ventures Inc. is a Canadian-based junior exploration company focused on Canadian mineral projects in Quebec and British Columbia, Canada.  If you would like to be added the news release distribution please get in touch with us at [email protected].

Signed “Michael England”
Michael England, CEO

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