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More than 250 participants representing academia, the biotech industry, the innovation system and government gathered in Edmonton for Bioindustrial Innovations: Unlocking Value and Tackling Climate Change. Co-hosted by AI Bio, it was the first and largest bioindustrial conference of its kind to be held in the Alberta capital.
Canada, led by the province of Alberta, is implementing climate-smart agriculture by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from fertilizer use in crop production. Fertilizer Canada has led two projects in Alberta, with financial support from Alberta Innovates BioSolutions and CCEMC, to provide NERP-based 4R Nutrient Stewardship training for farmers and the crop advisors who support them.
Dr. Martin Zuidhof and his research team from the University of Alberta have recently completed a study to develop, and validate a Precision Broiler Breeder Feeding System (PBBFS). This unique feeding system accurately distributed feed to individual birds when their body weight is lower than their target weight. Financially supported by Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, more information about this project is available by searching for project #BIO2011F121R in www.BioLINK.albertainnovates.ca
AI Bio's own Dr. Virginia Chavez has recently been invited to join the Science Advisory Committee (SAC) of the Foothills Research Institute based in Hinton. The SAC is a group of four scientific experts providing independent oversight of fRI Research Programs. Members of the SAC are eminently qualified science professionals and academics. Each will serve a 3 year term.
Read AI Bio's November e-newsletter to learn how research is spurring growth in Alberta's agriculture, food and forest sectors.
An international workshop in Alberta not only gave graduate students a unique, 'big picture' look at biological methods to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the students themselves organized and delivered the entire event.
To mitigate the effects of climate change, governments strive to balance out CO2 emissions from human activity with carbon pools in nature, like forests. In a three-year research project funded by Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, Dr. Fangliang He from the University of Alberta is studying the distribution of forest biomass across Alberta. Using computer modelling and remote sensing, he and his team are determining how much carbon is being absorbed by forests and where the "carbon hot spots" are located.
For generations, parents have urged their children to drink their milk-and for good reason. Milk contains calcium and other nutrients that are important for bodies of all ages. With funding from Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, University of Calgary physiology researcher Dr. Prasanth Chelikani has spent the last three years investigating how the different components of milk protein help with weight loss and stave off both diabetes and cardiovascular problems.
Carlo Montemagno, Director of the Alberta Ingenuity Lab at the U o A, is working on a plan would capture the carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted at any one of dozens of Alberta industrial sites, from power plants to petrochemical facilities,without requiring any massive retrofits or the kind of multibillion-dollar investments associated with carbon sequestration. - This project is financially supported by the CCEMC-AIBIO Biological GHG Management Program.
Alberta's Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation has committed millions of dollars in funding to five projects that are helping Alberta municipalities adapt to climate change and improve landfill practices. The Waste Characterization Study for the City of Lethbridge receives $69,000 from the CCEMC-AI Bio Biological Greenhouse Gas Management Program.
Dr. Valerie Sim and her colleagues at the Centre for Prions and Protein Folding and a clinical neurologist at the University Hospital in Edmonton recently found that two forms of bile acids could prolong the life of prion-infected mice. This research is financially supported by the Alberta Prion Research Institute, a business line in AI Bio.
EDMONTON, Canada - Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AI Bio) has launched a new funding program, "Alberta Bio Future, Research and Innovation," aimed at advancing knowledge that accelerates growth of new bioindustrial products or bioindustrial technologies for the benefit of Albertans.
Carleton University chemistry professor Maria DeRosa and adjunct professor Carlos Monreal are developing a smart fertilizer that waits to release its nutrients until crops tell it to do so. Currently, unused or excess fertilizer often ends up in lakes and water ways where it creates algae blooms. A more efficient and cost-effective fertilizer can play a leading role in increasing crop yields and addressing malnutrition issues, as well as reducing the amount of fertilizer that farmers need to use, resulting in cost savings. This project has received support from Coop Fédérée and Agrium, as well as Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions.
Cigi has been investigating better ways to mill Canadian food (hulless) barley into flour which may increase its potential for commercial use as a healthy ingredient...Funded by Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions with food barley varieties supplied by the Alberta Barley Commission (ABC), the project was carried out by Cigi's milling and analytical services areas. Work focused on developing milling techniques and other information that would improve the competitiveness of flour produced from Canadian food barley and wheat in health food and ingredient markets.
Read AI Bio's September e-newsletter to learn how research is spurring growth in Alberta's agriculture, food and forest sectors.
The shingle is out and Dr. Christine Murray is eager to let the University of Lethbridge campus know that Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions is ready to support innovation in southern Alberta's agriculture, forestry and life sciences sectors. Dr. Christine Murray's role with AI Bio, where she started in 2010, includes all aspects of the research funding process and strategic development within AI Bio. Murray, who has set up shop in Markin Hall (M4009), urges U of L faculty and staff to contact her with any questions or ideas that may be related to AI Bio funding and programming. She will be visible on campus and can be contacted at 403-382-7188 or email@example.com.
EDMONTON, AB and BEVERLY, MA, July 30, 2015 /CNW/ - TerraVerdae BioWorks Inc, an industrial biotechnology company developing advanced bioplastics and performance biomaterials from environmentally sustainable sources, today announced that it has reached a major milestone-creation of its proprietary technology at a commercial scale. It has completed the scale-up optimization of its process to produce biodegradable PHA bioplastics from waste-derived methanol. This project is financially supported by AI Bio through its AMCP program.
Edmonton...New funding to increase feed efficiency and reduce methane emissions in Canada's dairy industry. $10.3 million for a Genome Alberta - Ontario-led research team...The research team led by Dr. Filippo Miglior of the University of Guelph and Dr. Paul Stothard from Livestock Gentec (an Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions Centre) at the University of Alberta want to change that by using the latest genomic approaches and the award-winning phenotyping platform developed by Growsafe here in Alberta, to collect and assess the required data to carry out the selection.
DuPont Pioneer opened a new facility in the County of Lethbridge, July 8 that will work to develop ultra-early maturity corn hybrids. As well, the facility will be used to develop canola hybrids and soybean varieties for the area...Funding for this facility was provided by the Alberta Government, the Alberta Crop Industry Fund as well as Alberta Innovates Bio solutions. Getting the funding helped DuPont Pioneer get this facility up and running much sooner.
EDMONTON … Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AI Bio) has launched a new funding program, "Alberta Bio Future Product and Technology Commercialization," aimed at helping companies with pre-commercial or commercial development of new bioindustrial products or bioindustrial technologies.
What a success! AI Bio hosted "Ingredients for Success: the Conference on Food Innovation 2015" on May 26 and 27, 2015 at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino, in Calgary. Of the 162 attendees, 61 attendees represented food processors or food related businesses and 10 were from commodity associations. The program was compelling enough to keep attendees in their seats to the very last minute! Attendees learned the latest about food innovation on day one, and about food safety on day two. Held in conjunction with the conference were the Alberta Food Awards hosted by the Alberta Food Processors Association. Winner of the AI Bio-sponsored award of "Most Innovative food ingredient, food product or beverage with Alberta grown/raised ingredients" was Mountain Meadows Food Processing (Caryll and Norman Carruthers) with their "No Nuts Chocolate Peabutter portion paks." Photos, videos and the speakers' powerpoint presentations are posted on the event webpage.
It was a full house at Edmonton's Citadel Theatre, Zeidler Hall for AI Bio's annual public lecture event. The three-hour program on May 13, 2015, featured six researchers whose important work is supported by AI Bio. The speakers presented on a wide range of interesting topics, including remediation of contaminated sites, effect of climate change on Alberta's forest fire season and Alzheimer's research. If you couldn't make it to the event or would like to see one or more of the presentations again, videos and powerpoint presenations of each speaker are posted to the event webpage, Impact Innovation 2015. Now mark your calendar for Impact Innovation 2016! It will be held Wednesday, May 11, 2016. This event is free and open to the public. Check the event webpage in spring 2016 for more details.
EDMONTON, ALBERTA - May 28, 2015 - Ceapro Inc. (TSX-v: CZO) ("Ceapro" or the "Company"), a growth-stage biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialization of active ingredients for the health-care and cosmetic industries, announced today it will embark on a scale-up of its proprietary PGX technology to commercial and demonstration levels.
The Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation has $75 million (with a max of $25 million per project) available to support shovel ready projects that can reduce GHG emissions in Alberta. The focus is on any type of technology project, including biological, that can reduce emissions by more than 50,000 tonnes CO2e annually and be implemented before 2020. The deadline for submissions is July 2, 2015.
Further details, including the submission guide and instructions, are available at http://ccemc.ca/proposals/shovel-ready-projects/.
Edmonton… Media and interested stakeholders are invited to attend the free Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions Impact Innovation 2015 event or watch the livestream. Hosted by Jay Ingram, popular writer and broadcaster, Alberta researchers will share stories about using plants to reclaim land disturbed by industrial development, getting cash for restoring a wetland, predicting the next forest wildfire, the many amazing uses of wood-based cellulose nanocrystals (like pipeline coatings), improving food safety with a quick and easy test for E.coli, and using zebra fish to understand Alzheimer's disease.
Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) is providing support for five Alberta bio-based companies with agricultural ties to attend BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology 2015. The conference is being held in Montreal, QC, on July 19-22, 2015. Don't delay! Application deadline is May 15, 2015.
Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions hosts its annual speaker session, Impact Innovation 2015, on May 13 at Edmonton's Citadel Theatre. It is free and open to the public. Hosted by Jay Ingram, popular writer and broadcaster, Alberta researchers will share stories about using plants to reclaim land disturbed by industrial development, getting cash for restoring a wetland, predicting the next forest wildfire, the many amazing uses of wood-based cellulose nanocrystals like pipeline coatings, improving food safety with a quick and easy test for E.coli, and using zebra fish to understand Alzheimer's disease.
We are also streaming this event live!
The Golden Rice Project has won the prestigious 2015 Patents for Humanity award on nutrition. Through this award, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recognizes the vision of Ingo Potrykus, Peter Beyer, and Adrian Dubockfor creating the enabling conditions for smallholder farmers to benefit from Golden Rice. Potrykus and Beyer invented Golden Rice as a potential complement to the nutrition toolkit in the fight against vitamin A deficiency that afflicts about 190 million people globally.
As legislated in the Alberta Research and Innovation Regulation, Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions submitted its 2015-18 business plan today to the Minister of Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education. Outlined in the plan are research and innovation initiatives across six business lines to help grow and diversify Alberta's agriculture, food and forest sectors. In total, these sectors generated more than $30 billion in sales in 2013. The 161 active grant agreements AI Bio was managing as of March 2015, plus new ones to be launched in 2015-16, will very likely result in new or improved products, processes or services, leading to additional economic activity for the province. In the 2014-15 fiscal year, the 39 projects that AI Bio closed may lead to 70 new innovations for the marketplace.
EDMONTON …Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AI Bio) has introduced a major new funding program aimed at diversifying the provincial economy by accelerating growth of an emerging field with great potential for Alberta - the bioindustrial sector.
The new program, calledAlberta Bio Future(ABF), will also increase sustainability by promoting use of Alberta's renewable resources.
In addition to the nutritional value they already contain, common Canadian crops like canola and flax may soon have cancer fighting benefits too. Elzbieta Mietkiewska, a Research Associate with Phytola, an Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions Centre, isolated three genes from pomegranates and incorporated them into high-value oilseed crops adding punicic acid to its list of nutritional benefits. Punicic acid is a polyunsaturated fatty acid that has been found to help slow the growth of skin, prostate and breast cancer cells.
EDMONTON, AB - Water will soon return to selected drained wetlands in Alberta, thanks to an innovative research project supported in part by a $390,000 investment by Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions. Today, the Alberta Land Institute launched the "Alberta's Living Laboratory - Wetlands Project", which will work in partnership with private land owners to better understand wetland restoration.
Edmonton - ..."The biological program is an important part of the CCEMC portfolio," said CCEMC Managing Director Kirk Andries. "These diverse projects demonstrate the range of opportunities available to tackle GHG emissions from biological sources, from reducing emissions in Alberta's agriculture sector, to examining the potential for completely new sources of costly diluents in the oil and gas industry." ...The Biological GHG Management Program is delivered in partnership with Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions.
Winnipeg, MB - Farmers Edge, a global leader in precision agriculture and independent data management solutions, announced the closing of an exclusive agreement with Capital Power to develop carbon offsets eligible for use in the Alberta Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program. This partnership formalizes the parties' April 2014 commitment to develop a project under the Alberta Nitrous Oxide Emissions Reduction Protocol (NERP). The project builds upon the Farming 4R Land Program, which was developed by the Canadian Fertilizer Institute (CFI), in partnership with Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, and funded by Alberta's Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation.