Select the resilient ones! Let’s save our forests!

The use of genomic selection in the forestry industry has the potential to address issues such as climate change, drought, pests, and sustainability. Genomic interventions use genetic information and visible traits known as phenotypes to select for specific desirable tree characteristics. By incorporating the use of genomics into tree breeding programs the forestry industry can identify naturally resilient trees that would shorten breeding cycles, improve wood quality, and develop trees better adapted to deal with…

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Why Science? to air on Windspeaker radio in Alberta

Calgary, September 16, 2021 Bringing science to underserved communities Starting this week, Genome Alberta will be sponsoring a series of 2-minute features which will air on the Windspeaker radio network in Alberta. You will hear prominent members of the indigenous community talking about some aspect of science and how it relates to their culture and community. The series starts off with a look at CWD (chronic wasting disease) which is a fatal prion disease affecting…

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Methane eating microbes to the rescue, how Arctic deep-sea research is exploring new frontiers

Oil spills in the ocean are messy and can be catastrophic to the surrounding environment. The GENICE research team is hoping their research in the Arctic Ocean will help identify microorganisms that could aid in oil spill response plans and in climate change through mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions. The GENICE project aims to identify naturally occurring microorganisms that could potentially degrade oil or other greenhouse gases such as methane and carbon dioxide through a process known…

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New genomics funding to meet environmental challenges

July 29, 2021 Calgary, Alberta   $6.4 million investment to manage the spread of Mountain Pine Beetle $6.3 million to study treatment of oil sands affected wastewater in northern environments Genomic technologies hold innovative solutions to a range of challenges, and new funding through Genome Alberta and Genome Canada will bring genomics to bear on important issues facing us today. The 2 Alberta-led projects were among the 8 projects selected under the Large-Scale Applied Research…

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Helping forests resist mountain pine beetle

  Janice Cooke and Cathy Cunningham know their pine beetles. They have extensive experience studying mountain pine beetles, the damage they do to boreal forests, and what it takes to limit the spread of the beetle which is only the size of a grain of rice.    Genome Alberta has helped fund their work in the past and we are pleased to support them once again in a new project funded under the latest Genome…

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New genomics funding to meet environmental challenges

July 29, 2021 Calgary, Alberta   $6.4 million investment to manage the spread of Mountain Pine Beetle $6.3 million to study treatment of oil sands affected wastewater in northern environments Genomic technologies hold innovative solutions to a range of challenges, and new funding through Genome Alberta and Genome Canada will bring genomics to bear on important issues facing us today. The 2 Alberta-led projects were among the 8 projects selected under the Large-Scale Applied Research…

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Helping forests resist mountain pine beetle

  Janice Cooke and Cathy Cunningham know their pine beetles. They have extensive experience studying mountain pine beetles, the damage they do to boreal forests, and what it takes to limit the spread of the beetle which is only the size of a grain of rice.    Genome Alberta has helped fund their work in the past and we are pleased to support them once again in a new project funded under the latest Genome…

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New genomic projects will make natural resources and environment sectors more resilient to climate change

July 22, 2021 Ottawa, Ontario   Over $24 million in federal investment to strengthen environmental sustainability and protection  Canada was an early mover in advancing genomics science and is now a global leader in the field as the Government of Canada realizes the enormous potential genomics has to improve Canadians’ lives. It drives innovation in health, forestry, agriculture, fisheries, mining, energy and the environment, underpinning Canada’s economic prosperity. Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of…

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New genomic projects will make natural resources and environment sectors more resilient to climate change

July 22, 2021 Ottawa, Ontario   Over $24 million in federal investment to strengthen environmental sustainability and protection  Canada was an early mover in advancing genomics science and is now a global leader in the field as the Government of Canada realizes the enormous potential genomics has to improve Canadians’ lives. It drives innovation in health, forestry, agriculture, fisheries, mining, energy and the environment, underpinning Canada’s economic prosperity. Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of…

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Tip of the hat to Alberta Science Fairs

  On June 10th Jeremy Nixon (UCP Calgary-Klein) rose in the Alberta Legislature to deliver a Members' statement on Alberta Youth Science Fairs. The statement was originally planned for last month, but was delayed when the pandemic forced a pause in the Legislature. Mr. Nixon kept it on his radar and when the Legislature resumed​ we were pleased that he was able to offer his support for Alberta's Youth Science Fairs.   Here is the…

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