Clean Technologies

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.

Successful solutions

  • 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).