Collaboration to improve Canadian plant research

Plant and roots_blogThe Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) are teaming up to improve plant health.

The project will bring researchers from both groups together to improve collaboration and increase efficiencies as they work to find ways to improve plant health, including the elimination of the plum pox virus, which affects stone fruits such as peaches and plums, according to CFIA.

The teams also will work on Canada’s Genomics Research and Development Initiative, which includes the addition of thousands of DNA barcodes to databases in order to provide for more rapid identification of organisms that are dangerous to plants.

“Finding efficiencies is not an easy undertaking but I am pleased that in the case of the Sidney and Summerland laboratories we have found a collaborative arrangement that will render economic efficiencies to keep the laboratories sustainable while also ensuring that Canadian producers are receiving the scientific support they require to remain competitive and prosper,” said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, in a statement.

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