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Growing prosperity in Alberta's agriculture, food and forestry sectors
2011

October 2011

Sustainable Production 

Understanding the Mountain Pine Beetle - with Gene Technology
Researchers are now using genomics to enhance assessment of the mountain pine beetle risk.

October 2011

 Sustainable Production

Partnership and Supply Chain Management Suggested as Industry Priorities
The need to build partnerships and to manage the supply chain with end products and customer needs in mind were presented as two critical pathways going forward for the Alberta forest industry by presenters at the "Breaking Through" Impact Innovation 2011 seminar hosted recently by Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AI Bio).

October/November 2011

Sustainable Production 

Skill set on Alberta Innovate Bio Solutions team is tuned in to forestry needs  
The Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AI Bio) team brings a wide range of experiences and depth of knowledge about the forest industry's needs to its role of helping industry take advantage of new opportunities, particularly as it relates to the unfolding bio-economy...

October/November 2011

Advancing the Bioecoomy and Sustainable Production

Using wastewater to irrigate short rotation crops delivers dual dividend     
...Through coordination with Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, Alberta environment, Alberta Municipal Affairs, forestry companies, and municipalities, it has established five demonstration sites that successfully show how treated municipal wastewater and biosolids can be safely used to irrigate and fertilize short rotation woody crops...

October 2011

Advancing the Bioeconomy

David C. Bressler 2011 ASTech Awards (Video)
Dr. David Bressler, winner of a 2011 ASTech Award, leads AI Bio's Biorefining Conversions Network, based at the University of Alberta.In the video, Dr. Bressler explains that the network's research spans the boundary of agriculture, energy and petrochemicals. Some of the technology being developed is similar to coking on heavy oil sands and can convert animal waste like tallow and specified risk materials into true hydrocarbon products like diesel and jet fuel. Read his talent profile. 

October 2011

Sustainable Production

Randall Weselake 2011 ASTech Awards (Video)
Dr. Randall Weselake, honouree for a 2011 ASTech Award, leads AI Bio's Phytola Alberta Innovates Centre based at the University of Alberta.  The emphasis of his research is on increasing the seed oil content in major oilseed crops like canola. Read his talent profile.

October 2011

Sustainable Production 

Understanding the mountain pine beetle - with gene technology  
Researchers are now using genomics to enhance assessment of the mountain pine beetle risk. 

September 2011

Prion and protein Misfolding Diseases 

Chronic Wasting Disease
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a prion disease affecting captive and wild populations of deer and elk. APRI is facilitating the development of a national chronic wasting management strategy with the goal of ensuring that science informs policy. CWD has potentially serious consequences for farming, hunting, tourism, and Aboriginal communities.

September 2011

Quality Food for Health

Alberta Food for Health Awards - A Premier's Award  
In July 2010, AI Bio announced the call for submissions to the second "Alberta Food for health Awards - a Premier's Award." 

August 2011

Quality Food for Health

Tackling Diet and Disease
Worldwide, an alarming increase in obesity is driving an epidemic of type 2 diabetes. 

August 2011

Prion, Advancing the Bioeconomy

Creating plastic from beef       (Video)  
Using parts of beef carcasses, associate professor Bressler has collaborated with industry, government and other researchers to forge cattle proteins into plastics. 

August 2011

Advancing the Bioeconomy

Nanocrystalline Cellulose  
Derived from wood chips, nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) can be added to other products such as drilling mud or paint in the form of powder, gel or in suspension.

August 2011 

 Advancing the Bioeconomy

Drop-in Chemicals
This new technology converts fats and oils from animal tallow and oilseeds such as canola, flax, and soy into "drop-in" chemicals and fuels compatible with both traditional and emerging industries in the oil and gas and petrochemical sectors.

July 2011

 Sustainable Production

Livestock Gentec
Livestock Gentec has built that reputation by bringing together a group of highly skilled scientists in quantitative genetics, genomics, nutrition, meat science, animal behaviour, computer science, and bioinformatics. 

June 2011

 Sustainable Production

Boreal Reclamation Program
An estimated 15,000 abandoned well sites are ready for reclamation in the northwestern part of the province

June 2011

Advancing the Bioeconomy

Partnering up on bio-product development     
Research organization Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AI Bio) wants to encourage the oil and gas sector - and others - to consider partnering with the forest industry to invest in the most promising 'green' technologies identified by the groundbreaking Future Bio-pathways Project.

June 2011

Quality Food for Health

Alberta researcher puts food safety first 
Like so many innovations, the listeria-fighting food additive Micocin was developed in a university lab. Now this important food safety product is preventing listeriosis outbreaks worldwide. 

March 2011

Advancing the Bioeconomy

Drayton Valley invests in bio-industry
Bio-Mile, an industrial park, offers sustainable industry to the community of Drayton Valley.

March 2011

Advancing the Bioeconomy

Hemp-based electric Kestrel car        (Video)
The hemp-based, electric Kestrel car is a concept car still in the R&D stage, but holds great commercial potential with marketplace introduction targeted in 2012 by Calgary-based small company, Motive Industries. Public agencies involved have included: AITF, through its Vegreville-based Alberta Biomaterials Development Centre and SAIT. AI Bio was involved in hemp research projects several years ago. 

February, 2011 Quality Food for Health  Leduc centre boosts appetite for food innovation 
Companies eager to cook up a hot new business opportunity are finding the recipe for success at Alberta's Food Processing Development Centre in Leduc (FPDC). Christina Laham Paganelli, founder and CEO of smoothie-maker DrinkMe, moved her whole company from Manitoba to be part of Alberta's rich innovation and entrepreneurial environment. She's planning to start using the HPP unit this summer.

 


Last updated: Thursday, February 11, 2016