Genome Prairie


GENICE 2016-2022


GENICE: Microbial Genomics for Oil Spill Preparedness in Canada’s Arctic Marine Environment

Thanks to reduced sea ice cover and ice-free summers, the Northwest Passage has never been so busy, leading to greater risk of accidental releases of diesel or bunker fuel or other transportation-related contaminants. In addition, Arctic oil exploration is leading to fears of an oil spill in the Arctic Ocean. Marine microbial communities can help clean up, or bioremediate, oil spills in the south, where it is warmer. Drs. Casey Hubert of the University of Calgary and Gary Stern of the University of Manitoba are leading a team that will use microbial genomics to generate credible, science-based evidence on the role and potential of bioremediation to deal with oil spills in the cold, ice-laden Arctic Ocean. Learn More >

The Arctic Ocean has lost, and continues to lose, significant amounts of sea ice due to climate warming. With this comes large increases in ship traffic and the probability of an oil spill. Damage caused by such a spill could have devastating impacts on the local wildlife, food security and human health, particularly to coastal Inuit communities – the segment of Canada’s population that bears the greatest risk related to oil spills in the Arctic. Learn More >

Canadian Prairie Metabolic Network 2021-2024

Canadian Prairie Metabolic Network

Canadian Prairie Metabolic Network (CPMN)

More than 6,000 patients, primarily children, in the Prairies are affected by inborn errors of metabolism (IEM), rare genetic diseases caused by mutations in either the nuclear or mitochondrial genome. The Canadian Prairie Metabolic Network (CPMN) will ensure the timely and more cost-effective delivery of innovative and relevant genomic testing in the Prairies. Learn More >

Canadian COVID-19 Genomics Network 2020-2022

Canadian COVID-19 Genomics Network

Canadian COVID-19 Genomics Network (CanCOGeN)

The Canadian COVID-19 Genomics Network (CanCOGeN) is a $40 million Genome Canada-led network involving a consortium of Canadian federal, provincial and regional public health authorities, academia, and industry created to coordinate and fund SARS-CoV-2 and human host sequencing to track viral origin, spread and evolution, characterize the role of human genetics in COVID-19 disease and to inform time-sensitive critical decision making relevant to health authorities across Canada during the pandemic. The network will further contribute to building national capacity to address future outbreaks and pandemics. Learn More >

COV3R 2020 - 2022


COVID-19 Rapid Regional Response

Using genome capture, the COV3R initiative aims to tackle the problem of detecting co-infections in humans, and in the process provide powerful new tools for public health. Co-infection by respiratory viruses is common and bad for patients, yet we know very little about co-infection in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn More >

4DWheat 2019 - 2023


4DWheat: Diversity, Discovery, Design and Delivery

Wheat is the most important crop for current and future global food security, as it supplies the most calories and proteins to the global population. Wheat is grown on more land area than any other commercial crop. Meeting the challenge of increasing wheat production to match the growing demand for food over the next 20–30 years is of paramount importance. Learn More >

EVOLVES 2019 - 2023


Enhancing the Value of Lentil Variation for Ecosystem Survival (EVOLVES)

Canada is the largest lentil producer and exporter in the world. In 2015, Canadian lentils generated $2.5 billion in export revenue. The industry is seeking to enter the high-value food and ingredients sector and expects future lentil varieties will support this new venture. Learn More >

Genomic ASSETS for Livestock 2019 - 2023

Genomic ASSETS for Livestock

Genomic ASSETS (Antimicrobial Stewardship Systems from Evidence-based Treatment Strategies) for Livestock

Bacteria are increasingly resistant to antibiotics used for treatment, creating an unprecedented and growing global threat to human and animal health. Furthermore, animal agriculture is also facing pressure to reduce its use of antibiotics and to use antibiotics more prudently. Learn More >

FLOWTER 2019 - 2022


Floating Wetland Treatments to Enhance Remediation

Environmental impacts of oil spills are a major public concern, impeding social license for the development of the petroleum sector and Canada’s economic development. Furthermore, there is uncertainty around the best methods to employ when cleaning oil spills in sensitive freshwater ecosystems. Learn More >