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U of S crop scientists help crack the wheat genome code

August 16, 2018 / News Release

A University of Saskatchewan (U of S)-led research team has played a key role in an international discovery that will have an impact on the food security of millions of people around the world—the sequencing of the billion-piece jigsaw puzzle that is the bread wheat genome.

Canadian farmers, entrepreneurs and health care workers to benefit from new investment in research

August 16, 2018 / News Release

Putting research in the hands of those who use it to create and innovate leads to increased competitiveness, economic growth and job creation. That’s why the Government of Canada continues to support the country’s researchers whose discoveries inspire entrepreneurs and innovators in the agriculture, health and commercial sectors.

Request for Applications New funding available for large-scale applied research in the agriculture and agri-food & fisheries and aquaculture sectors

June 15, 2018 /

Today, Genome Canada, together with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), is pleased to launch a Request for Applications for the 2018 Large-Scale Applied Research Project Competition: Genomics Solutions for Agriculture, Agri-Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture. The Competition aims to support projects that have the potential to provide new approaches that can improve disease and pest resistance in our crops, livestock and fish, increase our understanding of soil and aquatic microbiomes, and improve our ability to monitor and assess wild fish populations.

Genome Prairie appoints Interim Chairman of the Board

June 7, 2018 / News Release

Genome Prairie wishes to announce that effective immediately, Dr. Gerald Brown has been appointed the Interim Chairman of the Board. Previously serving as the Vice-Chair for the organization, Dr. Brown has served on the Genome Prairie Board since 2005 and will continue to provide sound leadership and expertise in his new role. Dr. Brown has over 30 years of experience in agricultural biology, agronomy, intellectual property protection, and the development and commercialization of new and innovative products.

Genome Canada launches national initiative to bring precision health to patients

June 4, 2018 / News Release

Genomics-based precision health is transformational, promising to improve patient health and increase efficiency of health-care delivery. Today, Genome Canada launched a national initiative for the clinical implementation of precision health, focusing on a rare disease pilot program as a foundational step.

Genome Prairie appoints new Chief Scientific Officer

May 25, 2018 / News Release

Genome Prairie is excited to announce the appointment of Dr. Simon Potter as the Chief Scientific Officer for the organization. Dr. Potter has served as Director of Manitoba for Genome Prairie, contributing his substantial experience and vision in industry engagement and project development to promote collaborations centered on regional priorities.

Genome Prairie and Fusion Genomics Partnering on Genome360 Platform Initiative

March 5, 2018 / News Release

Genome Prairie ( announced that they are partnering with the Vancouver-based Fusion Genomics Corporation ( using Fusion Genomics’ ONETestTM platform, including FusionCloudTM analytics, to move forward on Genome Prairie’s Genome360 Initiative, as recently announced in Winnipeg on January 8, 2018 by His Honourable Navdeep Bains.

Recruitment for Director, Genomic Applications Programs

February 2, 2018 / News Release

As Director, Genomic Applications Programs, you are responsible for actively managing Genome Canada’s genomic applications programs and a portfolio of projects such that they have the highest likelihood of success and impact. You provide authoritative advice on how genomics discoveries can be translated into applications that lead to economic wealth and social benefit. You develop and implement investment strategies, program guidelines, application and review procedures, and post-award monitoring and management. You build awareness of and promote your programs. With a focus on partnership and collaboration, you establish and maintain dynamic and productive relationships with Genome Centres, users in the private, public and other sectors, Canadian scientists, funding agencies and other external stakeholders. This position is based in Ottawa, Ontario.

Canadian effort will bring new tools for crop breeding

January 15, 2018 / News Release

Rapid population growth, a changing climate, and increasing constraints on land, water, and nutrients threaten global food security. Canada must dramatically expand agricultural production to meet increased demand and to offset predicted declines in crop yields in tropical and subtropical countries. This will require that plant breeding be accelerated in Canada, with the goal of developing high yielding, climate-adapted and “planet friendly” varieties.

Diversifying Manitoba’s economy by investing in clean technology and supporting francophone initiatives

January 9, 2018 / News Release

The Government of Canada is committed to supporting diversity and sustainability in communities and local economies across Manitoba. Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), announced combined investments of more than $7.6 million towards seven economic development projects in Manitoba.