Genomics is helping British Columbia’s diverse agriculture industry by providing a better understanding of the mechanisms by which animals and crops cope with disease, parasites, and insects in order to increase productivity and quality of crops and livestock. Genome BC’s research projects in this area aim to improve the quality and production of food products through the selection of desirable traits that will bring both increased value and new niche market opportunities.
Applications from this research include developing new varieties of crops with novel or improved traits, such as disease resistance and environmental adaptation. Genome-based technologies can be used to screen livestock for health status, traceability and genetic diversity. These technologies can also be used for disease detection and control, including on-site diagnostics for pathogen resistance or vaccine response.
Some of these projects include international partnerships which will further assist the applications of the research to benefit people around the world and showcase BC researchers on the world stage.
Genome BC’s current research projects in agri-food:
- Genomics of Abiotic Stress Resistance in Wild and Cultivated Sunflowers
- Reverse Vaccinology Approach for the Prevention of Mycobacterial Disease in Cattle
- Sustaining and securing Canada's honey bees using 'omic tools
- Molecular and physiological characterization of early ripening events in grapevine
- A metagenomic survey of yeast populations in two Okanagan wineries
- Genetic Improvement of a Novel Yeast to Produce Commercially Important Chemicals from Xylose
- Genomic Analysis of Wetland Sediment as a Tool for Avian Influenza Virus Surveillance in Wild Waterfowl