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Ontario Research Supports Better Crop Production in Guelph

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Ontario Research Supports Better Crop Production in Guelph

Province Investing in Genomics to Improve Canola Production

Ontario is supporting researchers who are using new biotechnology to improve canola production while creating high-quality jobs and helping local companies compete globally.

Researchers at the University of Guelph, in collaboration with Benson Hill Biosystems, are helping to create elite canola varieties by providing access to beneficial genes and gene combinations that are not available through conventional crop breeding.

Ontario is investing in this project through the Genomic Applications Partnership Program, which is administered in collaboration with Genome Canada.

Supporting research and innovation is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • The province is investing $940,924 towards this project through the Genomic Applications Partnership Program.
  • This project will support an increase in canola crop production by more than 20 per cent. The annual economic benefit of canola in Ontario is $1.48 billion, according to the Canola Council of Canada.
  • Genomics is the study of the entire set of genes found in living things, including humans, plants, animals and even viruses to better understand how they work and what happens when certain genes interact with each other and the environment.
  • Ontario provides co-funding for Genome Canada’s Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP). To date, Ontario has invested nearly $5.5 million in GAPP projects.

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“The University of Guelph and their researchers are an example of one of the many institutions across the province that are at the forefront of scientific discovery and innovation in their field. By making strategic investments in research projects like this one, our government is growing the capacity of Ontario’s researchers, entrepreneurs, and companies to compete globally, succeed, and create jobs.”

Reza Moridi

Minister of Research, Innovation and Science

“The University of Guelph is at the cutting edge of agri-science in Canada. By supporting projects like this one, the Ontario government is making sure that our farmers and agri-business owners can compete on the global stage.”

Liz Sandals

MPP for Guelph, President of Treasury Board

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