Biodiversity and Bioresources
Wild berry germplasm collections are available for biodiversity studies and for use in genetic enhancement of northern-adapted berries. An extensive insect collection provides the basis for identification of native and invasive insects, and a reference collection of indigenous fungal plant pathogens is under construction. Together, these help elucidate the unique plant threats in the boreal-northern ecozones, as well as provide a reference point for future studies as climate change alters the range and severity of plant pathogens and insect pests.
Developed molecular markers to assist with the early selection of new blueberry and lingonberry hybrids, as well as cranberry plants, with improved frost tolerance, adaptation to Newfoundland soils, and health-promoting compounds.