Research into agri-based bioproducts and clean technologies which contribute to clean growth and a reduction in Canada’s greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint. This includes working with agri-based industry to capitalize on emerging crop biomass feedstock opportunities to create added value; developing and evaluating microbial agents for biological control of weeds, plant pathogens and arthropod pests; and addressing agri-environmental challenges related to GHG and climate change mitigation through the application of innovative technologies, including precision agriculture.
Established Camelina sativa as a new industrial oilseed in Canada; collected, conserved diversity and developed breeding programs for Brassica carinata, C. sativa and related species; developed biorefinery concept for industrial oilseeds including sustainability and assessments.
Extracted nanocrystals from flax and hemp fibres to create biodegradable, renewable nanofillers for use in industrial products.
Biological, chemical, and enzymatic methods for pretreatment of Brassica straws and other feedstocks for bioethanol production.
Developed and released a soil bacterium and a fungus as bioherbicides for grassy weed and broadleaved weed control to industry.
Developed new tool for molecular diagnosis of plant diseases; identified bacteria to control Botrytis cinerea on tomato, a fungus that causes postharvest diseases; provided registration data for baculovirus (greenhouse insect control).
- Developed pilot plant process to extract insecticidal ingredients from pea flour (also produces less astringent tasting white pea flour and pea lecithin).