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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.

New projects to explore societal implications of genomics research

November 15, 2017 / News Release

Genome Canada is pleased to announce five new projects that will receive funding under the Genome Canada and Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Joint Initiative on Societal Implications of Genomics Research. The projects were announced by the Minister of Science, the Hon. Kirsty Duncan, earlier today as part of a major SSHRC grants and scholarships funding announcement.

Crop research partnership maps two lentil genomes

November 8, 2017 / News Article

A partnership between University of Saskatchewan (U of S) crop scientists and genomic big data company NRGene of Israel has successfully sequenced two wild lentil genomes—the largest legume genomes ever assembled.

Mitigating Diet-Related Health Conditions Mission of World Food Alliance

June 20, 2017 / News Release

SAN DIEGO, CA – (June 19, 2017) Linking agriculture and health through the development, deployment and validation of agricultural innovation is the goal of the newly launched World Food Alliance (WFA).

A roundup of wheat research that will bring new varieties suited for the Canadian Prairies

March 24, 2017 /

This $8.8 million project, funded by Genome Canada, the Western Grains Research Foundation, and the Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta wheat commissions, has already delivered its first phase in early 2016, when researchers announced they had sequenced the bread wheat and durum wheat genomes.

Dow AgroSciences unique facility a benefit to Saskatchewan’s bioscience research cluster

March 24, 2017 / News Article

The Saskatoon research cluster at the University of Saskatchewan and Innovation Place technology park is a hotbed of innovation. Vibrant organizations located here contribute great things to the bioscience industry as a whole. One example is the Dow AgroSciences Global Canola Research Centre.

U of S VIDO-InterVac helping fight Zika virus

March 10, 2017 / News Release

– The Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) at the University of Saskatchewan has joined the global effort to combat Zika virus by developing a swine model that mimics the disease in humans.

New Funding Opportunity 2017 Large-Scale Applied Research Project Competition Genomics and Precision Health

January 30, 2017 / News Release

Genome Canada is pleased to advise the research community of a new funding opportunity – the 2017 Large-Scale Applied Research Project Competition – Genomics and Precision Health.

New research project partners teams at Universities of Manitoba and Calgary to study the impact of oil spills in Arctic environments

December 8, 2016 /

A collaborative research project titled GENICE that partners the University of Calgary and the University of Manitoba has been awarded $10.7million as part of the Genome Canada 2015 Large-Scale Applied Research Project Competition (LSARP).