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Harnessing microbial diversity for sustainable use of forest biomass resources

  • Project Leaders: Lindsay Eltis, Bill Mohn
  • Institutions: University of British Columbia (UBC)
  • Budget: $7830841
  • Program/Competition: Large Scale Applied Research Programs
  • Genome Centre(s): Genome Canada
  • Status: Closed

In order to remain competitive, the Canada’s forest industry must develop both better forest management and extract forest biomass related products that are of value to customers in Canada and around the world. This project used genomic tools to conclude that soil communities are affected by harvesting and, some ecosystems seem to be more resistant to organic matter removal than others. The expertise developed for metagenomics analyses in this project facilitated the development of a company, Microbiome Insights Inc. They also performed biocatalyst work that established the potential of bacterial enzymes and strains in lignin valorization, providing a foundation for the further development of these biocatalysts for industrial processes.