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ReVAMP 2015-2021

ReVAMP

Reverse vaccinology approach for the prevention of mycobacterial disease in cattle

Reverse Vaccinology Approach for the Prevention of Mycobacterial Diseases in Cattle (ReVAMP)

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 >

On-Seed Survival 2018 - 2021

On-Seed Survival

Improving on-seed survival and performance of legume inoculants using genome shuffling

Microbial inoculants promote crop yield through biostimulation and biofertilization. The challenge, however, is to improve rhizobial inoculants – inoculants frequently used to promote legume yields so that they remain viable on the plant seed for extended periods of storage before planting and perform optimally once seeded several months later. Learn More >

CTAG2 2015-2021

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 >

EcoToxChip 2016-2021

EcoToxChip

EcoToxChip: A toxicogenomics tool for chemical prioritization and environmental management

Drs. Niladri Basu of McGill University, Markus Hecker of University of Saskatchewan, and Doug Crump at Environment and Climate Change Canada are leading a team to develop, test, validate and commercialize EcoToxChip, a technology that provides an accessible, affordable, consistent, and reliable platform for chemical evaluation. A user-friendly bioinformatics portal (EcoToxXplorer.ca) and an end user-validated technical guidance document will help ensure its uptake. The EcoToxChip will speed testing activities by seven-fold, and reduce the number of animals used for testing by 90 per cent. Together, the EcoToxChip and EcoToxXplorer.ca will make ecological and chemical risk assessment more cost-effective, timely, informative, and ethical. Learn More >