OMAFRA Invests $10 Million in University Research

The University of Guelph (U of G) and other partner universities have been given a $10 million grant by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) in support of 72 research projects on various aspects of agriculture and food. Carol Mitchell, minister of OMAFRA, believes that research is a key contributor to the success of the state's agri-food sector, the strength of rural communities, and the protection of the environment.

Prof. Rich Moccia, U of G's associate vice-president (research), acknowledged the support of OMAFRA which is crucial to the enabling capacity of the University to improve the lives of Canadians. Projects included in this grant among others, are:

  • Studies on pathogenesis, transmission and immunity, and development of vaccines to control the virus disease in poultry flocks and disrupt its transmission to humans.
  • Assist young workers in rural Ontario by determining their needs and to assist their development as skilled labor force.
  • Finding environmentally friendly alternatives to pesticides and to develop practical tools to control disease by inducing a plant's natural resistance mechanism.
  • Improvement of marketing and branding strategies, and increase revenue and international competitiveness.

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This article is part of the Crop Biotech Update, a weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA)

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