Industry challenges: GENOMIC SOLUTIONS
Genomics is equipping industries with cutting-edge science and technologies. Adapted crops, enhanced energy and mining, and hardier forests – these results boost innovation, productivity and growth.
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Canada’s agri-food sector is one of the foundations of the national economy from coast to coast, accounting for just over eight per cent of the country’s total Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and directly employing 2.1 million people in 2011. The sector is a major driver of exports, valued at $40.3 billion in 2011.
Mining and energy activities have long employed research to assess and develop various operations, from exploring the microbial basis of well and mine sites, to extraction and processing strategies, and remedial environmental treatments. However, scientific progress since the sequencing of the human genome more than a decade ago now provides modern tools for deeper analysis of sector environments, extraction processes and environmental impacts.
The forest sector is tremendously important to Canada both as an economic driver and a cultural icon. As Canada’s largest renewable natural resource, the forest sector generated about $54 B in revenues in 2010 and conhly 234,000 direct jobs, and in some 200 rural Canadian communities this sector makes up at least 50% of the economy.
Canada’s track record of research success and excellence in fish genomics has been well supported with investments by industry and government. Genomics can play a major part in breeding the best species for commercial and non-commercial use, and can ensure that this is done in a sustainable manner, protecting and conserving the aquatic ecosystem of Canada’s oceans, lakes and rivers.