The successful applicants in the 2014 LSARP competition were announced in Saskatoon on July 21st and two of the projects submitted through Genome Alberta were successful.
One is a project led by Genome Alberta and the Ontario Genomics Institute to help livestock industry growth through the use of genomics-based approaches to select for dairy cattle with the genetic traits needed for more efficient feed conversion and to lower methane emissions. The other is a Genome Alberta and Genome Prairie initiative to develop genomics tools to help pork producers manage disease, reduce costs, and increase product quality.
$10.3 million will go to the Filippo Miglior (University of Guelph) and Paul Stothard (University of Alberta) for “Increasing feed efficiency and reducing methane emissions through genomics: A new promising goal for the Canadian dairy industry
$9.8 million in funding will support “Application of genomics to improve disease resilience and sustainability in pork production
” led by Michael Dyck (University of Alberta), John Harding (University of Saskatchewan), and Bob Kemp (PigGen Canada Ltd).
Genome Alberta's President and CEO David Bailey spoke to Peter Watts, host of the Alberta-wide weekend morning show on 770 News Talk radio
about the new research being funded. You can listen to the interview here