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Canada's Renewable Fuels strategy aims to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and requires gasoline used for the transportation sector to include an average 5% renewable fuel. At current consumption rates, this translates to a requirement of almost 2 billion litres of renewable fuel annually for small vehicles alone. This supply simply cannot be met by existing agricultural production. Therefore, we need to look to other ways of producing dedicated bioenergy sources, specifically woody plants and trees.
Potential of Genomics in Mining
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POWERING BC’S ENERGY SECTOR
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"The project on genetic improvement of poplars for both wood-fibre and bioenergy applications is innovative because it addresses issues not covered previously or by other poplar genomics projects. The research will provide us with opportunity to take advantage of cutting edge molecular tools in identifying parent material of interest for our tree improvement and clonal programs."
Agroforestry Development Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
They tower over us in beauty and might. They are also the world's largest plant family, containing 24,000 species, including many crops and medicinal plants, horticulture plants and noxious weeds. Sunflower crops are grown commercially on 22 million hectares around the globe with an annual value of about $14 billion.
The Genomics of Sunflower project, led by Dr. Loren Rieseberg at the University of British Columbia, is creating a reference genome for the sunflower, Helianthus annuus, to further scientific research across this diverse plant family. Intended applications of this sequenced genome range from crop improvement to weed control to the development of wood-producing sunflower strains.
The project will also increase the speed and precision of sunflower breeding programs by identifying molecular markers for beneficial genes underlying important agricultural traits such as seed oil content and flowering time. Researchers aim to develop genomic tools and resources necessary to breed sunflower cultivars with woody stalks — a development that may lead to the improvement of dual purpose sunflower crops: oilseed and biofuel.
Genome BC recognizes the need to remain engaged with stakeholders in the energy and mining sector and will continue discussions to understand challenges facing the sector. Identifying promising opportunities to help access new markets or develop new products is just one way in which Genome BC will continue to catalyze collaborations and innovation.
We are actively looking to engage new partners in this work. To get involved and explore how the energy and mining sector can further leverage the transformative power of genomics and related disciplines to its advantage, contact:
Sector Director, Agrifood and Natural Resources
604.637.4379 or firstname.lastname@example.org