A key to the successful outcomes of the Genomics R&D Initiative has been to ensure Canadian researchers have the tools they need to explore the almost infinite potential of genomics to enhance the health, safety and economic well-being of Canadians.
Research funded through the Genomics R&D Initiative has confirmed that potentially invasive species can travel to Canada via sea-borne debris.
Genomics-based test methods developed as part of a project funded by the Genomics R&D Initiative at Environment and Climate Change Canada are allowing more accurate, efficient, and sustainable tracking of diseases that threaten Canada's frog populations—diseases that have been responsible for large die-offs of frogs in Canada and other countries.
Research funded by the Genomics R&D Initiative is transforming the way municipalities in Canada and around the world manage water safety at public beaches, often increasing effectiveness while reducing costs.
A research project funded by the Genomics R&D Initiative at Environment and Climate Change Canada is showing how genomics can enable precise identification of the causes of environmental problems. Already, the city of Montreal has used this research to support its decision to invest $250 million in an ozone-treatment system for wastewater.
As a result of the Quarantine and Invasive Species research project funded by the Genomics R&D Initiative, Canada now has the capacity to quickly and accurately identify thousands of organisms, from insects to plant viruses, which can cause billions of dollars in damages.