Biotech Updates

Genome Prairie Projects Granted Provincial Funding

October 9, 2009

The University of Manitoba, Canada is the recipient of the Manitoba provincial grant of $375,000 for the Genome Prairie's Total Utilization of Flax Genomics (TUFGEN) and the $1.3 million investment in the Microbial Genomics for Biofuels and Co-Products from Biorefining Processes (MGB2). "Manitoba's contribution to these projects underlines its commitment to having our province emerge as a leader in alternative energy and agriculture research," said Jim Rondeau, Manitoba Minister of Science, Technology, Energy, and Mines (STEM).

The project will focus on research on agricultural feedstocks as a source of alternative energy, the reduction of product waste and maximizing plant use. Flax, which is an alternative feedstock will be studied extensively, its genome sequenced, and will be developed to be a dual purpose crop.

The project also involves researchers in microbiology, biochemistry, genomics, bioinformatics, proteomics and engineering from across Canada, the United States and New Zealand.

See the press release at