Biodiversity and Bioresources

Biodiversity

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.

Successful solution

  • 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.