Wheat, oats and barley are 3 of the most important cereal crops grown in Canada and the long-term health and competitiveness of this critical part of our agri-food sector depends on a number of factors, including the ability of plant breeders to develop new and better varieties. Researchers are using advanced genomics technologies to better target and accelerate the breeding process.
Damage inflicted by insects costs the Canadian agricultural industry billions of dollars a year. Canadian researchers are helping to show how, in many cases, genomics-based approaches can reduce and even eliminate the need for chemical control.
Researchers at the Public Health Agency of Canada have developed a computer-based tool for subtyping Salmonella bacteria. Called BioHansel, the new tool will allow enhanced surveillance, source attribution and risk assessment for Salmonella, one of the most common causes of food poisoning in Canada and the world.
With support from the GRDI, researchers at the Public Health Agency of Canada have developed a genomics-based tool that is changing the way authorities have investigated incidents of salmonellosis for close to 100 years.
Funding from the Genomics R&D Initiative played a key role in enabling the development of new, genomics-based test that significantly reduces the time and cost involved in tracking the source of Salmonella contamination in the food supply.
New knowledge and tools developed through the Food and Water Safety project funded by the Genomics R&D Initiative will enable Canada to better address some of the most serious threats to our food and water supply—E. coli and Salmonella Enteritidis—including the capacity to identify different strains of these bacteria quickly and with high confidence.
Among other achievements, the Food and Water Safety project funded by the Genomics R&D Initiative has provided a first-ever national perspective on where to find potentially deadly strains of E. coli in our environment.
The Genomics R&D Initiative investment in the Food and Water Safety research project has returned extensive benefits to Canadians, enhancing what is already one of the most respected food safety systems in the world.
With funding from the Genomics R&D Initiative, federal researchers have collaborated in reducing the time it takes to identify E. coli O157: H7 in food to as little as 20 minutes.
The Genomics R&D Initiative funds collaborative research projects that combine resources and expertise to deliver impressive results.