Biodiversity and Bioresources

Biodiversity

The Canadian Plant Virus Collection acquires and distributes plant viruses for research and regulatory purposes and supports development of diagnostic tests to manage viral diseases of plants. Research also includes identifying species and enhancing our understanding of plant viruses.

Successful solutions

  • Generated genomic resources for several important fungal pathogens that led to breakthroughs in several rust and smut diseases on cereals.

  • Used DNA fingerprinting to identify apples and sweet cherries developed at AAFC to protect plant breeders’ rights.