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GENICE: Microbial genomics for oil spill preparedness in Canada’s Arctic marine environment

Increased shipping activity in the Northwest Passage brings increased risk of accidental releases of diesel or bunker fuel and other transportation related contaminants. The GENICE project will use microbial genomics to generate credible, science-based knowledge on the role and potential of the biodegradation of oil by naturally occurring microorganisms in Arctic marine environments critical to […]

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Managing microbial corrosion in Canadian offshore & onshore oil production operations

The cost of corrosion in the oil and gas industry alone is staggering, estimated to cost on the order of $3 – 7 Billion USD/yr. Within this industry, corrosion that involves microbial activities, deemed Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC), is thought to account for at least 20% of all corrosion cases. Even though several MIC mechanisms

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Resilient Forests (RES-FOR): Climate, pests & policy – genomic applications

Both productivity and sustainability of our forest ecosystems and operations are reliant on a healthy and resilient forest. However, forest health and local communities that depend on the forest industry are both under constant threat from changes in climate and climate-induced insect outbreaks. The pace of these changes is outstripping the ability for trees to

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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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Validation of molecular testing approaches to replace diagnostics thyroid nodule surgery

Clinicians in Canada are faced with a lack of tools needed to appropriately stratify patients that present with thyroid nodules. Thus, many patients undergoing screening for suspicion of thyroid cancer are exposed to invasive and often unnecessary diagnostic procedures. The project team has developed the ThyroSPEC™ assay, a highly accurate, cost-efficient mass spectrometry-based mutation detection

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