Genome Canada, together with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), is requesting applications for the 2018 Large-Scale Applied Research Project Competition: Genomics Solutions for Agriculture, Agrifood, Fisheries and Aquaculture.
This competition aims to support projects that have the potential to provide new approaches that can improve disease and pest resistance in our crops, livestock, and fish, increase our understanding of soil and aquatic microbiomes, and improve our ability to monitor and assess wild fish populations.
Successful projects will use genomics to advance the sustainability, productive capacity, and competitive position of the Canadian agriculture and agrifood & fisheries and aquaculture sectors, and thereby strengthen Canada’s economy and the wellbeing of Canadians. Research that examines the implications of genomics in society, such as factors that may facilitate or hinder the effective translation of research and the uptake of genomic-based applications, will also be supported as part of the Competition.
The agriculture and agrifood & fisheries and aquaculture sectors have a history of using research to assess challenges and develop solutions. Genomics-based approaches have the potential to predict and mitigate the effects of climate change, such as understanding the response of fisheries to climate fluctuations, identifying crops and livestock that are more resilient to temperature extremes, and by reducing methane emissions related to livestock production systems.