Genome Prairie

Current

Current Projects

PLM 2014 - 2017

PLM

Plant Microbiome

Improving Crop Yield and Stress Resilience

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization forecasts that world food production will have to increase by 70 per cent by 2050 to meet the needs of a growing global population. This challenge is exacerbated by such factors as diminishing… Learn More >

AGILE 2015-2019

AGILE

Application of genomics to innovation in the lentil economy

Innovating the growth of lentils

Lentils may be tiny, but they are an outsized source of opportunity for Canadian farmers. Canada is the world’s largest producer and exporter of lentils, exporting more than $14 billion worth of lentils since 1997. Lentils are eaten around the world, easy-to-cook, and high in protein and micronutrients, thus contributing to global food security. Learn More >

CTAG2 2015-2019

CTAG2

Canadian Triticum Applied Genomics

Improving sustainability of wheat

Wheat accounts for a staggering 20 per cent of all calories consumed throughout the world. As global population grows, so too does its dependence on wheat. To meet future demands, productivity for wheat needs to increase by 1.6 per cent each year – at the same time as climate change is causing temperature and precipitation changes that challenge established patterns. There is, in addition, a need to ensure that productivity increases are achieved sustainably to ensure the long-term stability of the wheat-growing industry. Learn More >

ReVAMP 2015-2019

ReVAMP

Reverse vaccinology approach for the prevention of mycobacterial disease in cattle

New vaccines to fight disease in cattle

Infections are a leading cause of sickness and death in cattle, causing direct economic losses to producers and even more serious losses associated with international trade restrictions (as seen with mad cow disease) and decreased public confidence in food quality. This project aims to develop vaccines against two important infectious diseases of cattle, Johne’s disease and bovine tuberculosis. Learn More >

CUC

CUC

Enhancement of canola oil and meal

Canola is more than big agribusiness — it’s huge. It is Canada’s fastest growing crop and generates one-quarter of all farm cash receipts. Canola oil has high levels of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids making it a favorite among health-conscious consumers. The oil is also light and tasty making it the oil of choice for many chefs and food processors. Once crushed for its oil the remaining seed provides a high protein feed supplement for animals. The sector contributes $19.3 billion to the Canadian economy annually; it also supports some 250,000 jobs and $12.5 billion in wages. Learn More >

FiCoGEN

FiCoGEN

Fibre composite and biomatrix genomics

One of the most promising uses of biofibres is in combining them with a resin to make a biocomposite. These biocomposites are particularly valuable in the automotive industry, where their light weight, recyclability and sound insulation offer advantages over other materials. The market for biofibre composites is expected to grow by more than 10 per cent per year during 2014-19. Learn More >