Government of Canada announces new research projects to bring genomics solutions to industry challenges

Posted on
Oct 15, 2014

The Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology) and Dr. Pierre Meulien, President and CEO of Genome Canada, are pleased to announce the first 12 projects selected for funding under Genome Canada’s Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP).

Genomics for a Competitive Greenhouse Vegetable Industry

Project Leaders Keiko Yoshioka, University of Toronto; Daryl J. Somers, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

Lead Genome Centre: Ontario Genomics Institute

Tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers generate more than $1 billion in annual sales for the Canadian greenhouse vegetable industry. These plants are susceptible to a number of diseases, which threaten crops and decrease profits for producers. In order to maintain a competitive edge, create growth and ensure future success, Canada’s greenhouse vegetable industry needs plant varieties that are resistant to disease.

To address this challenge, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre will partner with Dr. Keiko Yoshioka, a leading academic from the University of Toronto, who has discovered a key gene involved in plant disease resistance.

By using proven gene technologies to enhance disease resistance in greenhouse vegetables, this project aims to develop new commercial traits and varieties for Canada’s vegetable industry.

These technologies will benefit Canada’s greenhouse vegetable industry by adding value to Canadian greenhouse vegetables, and fostering economic growth, increased exports, and reducing competition from imports.