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Development of functional genomic prediction platform for industry application

Genetic improvement of beef production efficiency and carcass quality is a key strategy to enhance national and international competitiveness and sustainability of beef production. However, the rate of genetic improvement using traditional phenotype and/or pedigree based genetic evaluation and selection has been slow for important beef performance traits that are difficult and expensive to measure […]

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Development of an alternative therapeutic for controlling mastitis in dairy cows

Mastitis is the most frequent and costly disease for dairy producers and is the main reason for antimicrobial use in dairy herds, raising concerns regarding the emergence of antimicrobial resistant pathogens. In this project they will  use state-of-the-art genomics and metagenomics approaches to identify influential members of the mammary gland microbiota with central roles in

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Development of a fermentation-based opiate production platform using plant genomics

Cultivation of opiates, the primary drug used in Western medicine for pain management, occurs primarily outside of North America which can be problematic due to uncertain crop yield. This project aims to use plant-based genomics to establish an alternative bioproduction system for high-value opiates through a reliable, environmentally benign, scalable, and cost-effective yeast fermentation platform.

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Genomics-driven development of drought-tolerant wheat cultivars

In wheat, reduced seed yield and quality often occurs due to drought stress resulting in lower germination, net photosynthesis, and biomass. To survive drought stress, plants utilize various physiological responses including those governed by hormonal signaling pathways. The goal of this project is to harness genetic technologies that aim to manipulate hormonal signaling in wheat

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Multi-pathogen, multi-crop disease forecasting network for Alberta

Many economically important plant pathogens are airborne, and a growing area of research involves detecting and quantifying these pathogenic organisms in order to facilitate the study of pathogen/disease etiology and epidemiology, and to develop disease forecasting models. The goal of this project was to compare the performance of microscopy and molecular methods including Next Generation

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Development of genomic crossbred estimate breeding values (GCEBV) to maximize profitability for Canadian pork producers

The business of Genesus Inc. (User and genetic supplier) is to improve commercial pork producer (customers) profitability through creation and transfer of genetic improvement. Thus, profitability of Genesus and its customers depends directly on its ability to create and transfer genetic improvement to those customers. The objective of this project is to develop and validate

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A comprehensive analytical toolkit and high‐performance genome browser for rapid, reliable, and in‐depth characterization of bacterial genomes

Genomes represent the ‘recipe’ of life for all living organisms, providing instructions for how they are built, the environments in which they are designed to live, and the things that they can do in those environments. Genome sequencing instruments can now sequence an organism’s genome; however, the results do not come out in one piece,

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Increasing feed efficiency and reducing methane emissions through genomics: A new promising goal for the Canadian dairy industry

The Canadian industry stands to gain $100M annually by improving two key traits in cattle: 1) feed conversion (feed efficiency) toward increased milk production, and 2) reduced methane emission. This project offers the means for effective selection of advantageous feed efficiency and reduced methane emission traits for a more secure and sustainable supply of competitive

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Application of genomics to improve disease resilience and sustainability in pork production

In pork production, disease presents one of the largest costs and most difficult challenges to manage. It has a negative impact on animal welfare and likely contributes to poor public perception of animal production in terms of food safety and antimicrobial resistance. Genomics offers new opportunities to reduce these costs and improve the image of

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