UBC forestry, agriculture and environment researchers have been awarded $66.9 million in the latest two Genome BC and Genome Canada applied genomics research. genomics.entrepreneurship@UBC has partnered with ten of these research projects to help them address their knowledge mobilization and commercialization challenges. Click on ‘Read more’ to read more news and updates on our research partner projects.
Lignin: Harnessing Microbial Diversity for Sustainable Use of Forest Biomass Resources
‘Microbe Sniffer’ Could Point the Way to Next-Generation Bio-refining
genomics.entrepreneurship@UBC’s research partner project Lignin announces the invention of a new biosensor that could help optimize bio-refining processes that produce fuels, fine chemicals and advanced materials. Developed by Steven Hallam and his team, the biosensor screens DNA from environmental samples to isolate the lignin-busting genetic machinery encoded in the samples’ resident microbes. The sensor, screening and adaptive genetic circuitry discovered with them have been licensed through the University Industry Liaison Office. A spin-off company, guided by the genomics.entrepreneurship@UBC program, is looking into ways to increase the scale of production of this technology. Read more.
Bee IPM: Next-Generation Integrated Pest Management Tools for Beekeeping
The Bee IPM Project Announces a Collaboration with USDA
Marta Guarna, Bee IPM Scientific Director, reports kicking-off a study that will look at the sub-lethal effect of pesticides on honey bees’ natural defenses against pathogens. The project is a collaboration between the UBC team led by Leonard Foster with Dr. Jeff Pettis of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Liz Huxter of Kettle Valley Queens. Read more.
Tria: Genomics-Enhanced Forecasting Tools to Secure Canada’s Near-Term
Tria Decodes Mountain Pine Beetle Genome
The Tria Project has sequenced the genome of the mountain pine beetle, an insect which has caused large-scale destruction to BC forests. A few years ago, the MPB epidemic crossed the Rocky Mountains, triggering concerns of a Canada-wide epidemic. genomics.entrepreneurship@UBC sat down with Dr. Chris Keeling. Having been part of the team to sequence the mountain pine beetle genome, we asked Chris to explain more about the specific dangers posed by the beetle and the role of genomics in pest-management. Read more.