The Crop Development and Management team applies molecular, genetic, and microbiological tools to solve problems in abiotic stress, plant disease, and biosafety, related to maximizing grain and fibre yield.
The Crop Development and Management team operates under the Food and Fibre sector. InnoTech Alberta also performs research in Crop Pathology and Biotechnology.
The Feedstock Development program works with industry, government and others by facilitating the profitability and sustainability of Alberta’s $4.4 billion crop industry, with an emphasis on crops with industrial applications, particularly the nascent bast fibre crops (hemp and flax). We do this by identifying and developing technologies and services that exploit unique properties of microbes and plants.
An important focus is on mitigation or prevention of biotic (crop diseases) and abiotic (drought, cold) stresses. The program also supports Alberta’s fibre and nanotechnology strategies by providing microbe based biomolecules or processes that enable production of innovative products, or make production more economical or safer.
Key activities are:
- Industrial crops development for fibres and functional foods
- Strategies and technologies that improve water and nutrient use efficiencies to enhance the productivity of Alberta field crops and industrial feedstocks
- Plant disease mitigation tools
- Biopesticides development (bioherbicides, biocontrol)
- Bio-assembled nanometals
- Bioconversion technologies (including enzyme discovery, bench-scale fermentation products)
For more information, contact:
Crop Development and Management