Understanding plant traits, genetics, and growth for the benefit of agriculture and industrial clients.

Plant science and biotechnology is powerful tool for understanding plant genetics, developing strategies for how to grow plants more effectively, and selecting traits to suit a certain application or environment. 

Through the expertise InnoTech Alberta has in this area, we can take on large-scale projects to help clients turn plants into useful bio-materials, feedstock for animals, or food for human consumption.  

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Agricultural Materials & Plant Evaluations
Agricultural Materials & Plant Evaluations

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Agricultural Field Crop Testing Services
Agricultural Field Crop Testing Services

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Genomics & Genotyping
Genomics & Genotyping

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Fungal Inoculum Production
Fungal Inoculum Production

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Industrial Hygiene Technologies
Industrial Hygiene Technologies

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Industrial Hemp & Cannabis Breeding, Processing & Utilization
Industrial Hemp & Cannabis Breeding, Processing & Utilization

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Agricultural Materials & Plant Evaluations

We offer services to research, investigate, and develop new plant varieties or associated plant treatments such as herbicides, insecticides, fertilizers, or soil amendments/conditioners in the agricultural fields and greenhouse/growth chamber settings.  

We also offer plant pathology services for the evaluation of crop protection products and crop disease resistance genes. We also offer a full suite of molecular biology and toxicology services for the detection, identification, and quantification of pathogens in crops and materials.

Agricultural Field Crop Testing Services

Innotech Alberta has decades of experience in both large and small plot agricultural research. Our customized small plot research equipment and experienced technicians and scientists set the standards high for both quality and dependability. We utilize the ARM agricultural research management software for all field trials. 

Common testing includes: 

Yield Enhancement 

  • Small plot field trials investigate agricultural techniques, methods, applications, and technologies that impact crop yield 
  • Crop rotation studies 

Product Testing 

  • Small plot field trials supporting new product development such as fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, biologicals, and soil conditioners 
  • Ability to sow weed seeds with crops and/or inoculate crops with disease 

Varietal Testing 

  • Field trials to evaluate varietal candidates, conduct regional varietal trials, and showcase new varieties 
  • Proficient in disease screening new experimental lines, head-to-head comparisons with industry-standard varieties, and performance data compilation 

Specialized Crops 

  • Advanced experience with specialty crops including industrial hemp, flax, fava bean, soybean, quinoa, lentil, Jerusalem artichoke 

Genomics & Genotyping

Our experts understand that the key to improving yield, disease resistance, and environmental stress endurance is to have an in-depth knowledge of the genetics of the plant being studied.   

We can sequence, characterize, and map the genome of plants or agricultural communities, and more fully comprehend their interaction with the environment using transcriptomic, gene expression, or metagenomic studies. This work increases the profitability of agriculture and industrial plant production for our clients.  Understanding communities is the cornerstone of all environmental assessments and in those instances, we use environmental DNA (eDNA) techniques to more fully assess and understand them. 

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Fungal Inoculum Production

InnoTech Alberta offers pathology research support through the large-scale production of plant pathogens. This is to supplement agricultural research of plant protection products as well as varietal development for plant breeders and product development teams. Inoculum is applied to plants to evaluate disease resistance and to evaluate crop protection products such as fungicides.

The common products we produce are Fusarium spp. on grain or in spore suspension, Rhizoctonia solani (various anastomosis groups (AG) types) on grain, Sclerotinia sclerotiorum ascospores, Leptosphaeria maculans pycnidiospore suspension, and various other grain-based inoculua, mycelial or spore suspensions.

Industrial Hygiene Technologies

Using a variety of techniques, we help clients evaluate and develop processes and products that reduce the risk from pathogenic organisms. 

We have worked on projects to enhance and evaluate cleaning process methodologies and tested products such as cleaners and disinfection systems. We are able to test directly against pathogens up to Biosafety Level 2 and can use recognized viral surrogates for human Biosafety Level 3 organisms such as SARS-CoV-2 (the COVID virus). 

Industrial Hemp & Cannabis Breeding, Processing & Utilization

InnoTech possesses a site-wide Health Canada license to conduct research into hemp and cannabis for industrial producers and operators. Please note, we do not conduct ad hoc testing for individuals. 

Our experts can run diverse trials and testing on industrial hemp fibre as well as low- and high-THC cannabis plants. Our knowledge of plant genomics and over a decade of experience have made us leaders in the enhancement, breeding, and productivity of the cannabis plant. 

Related: Chemical Analysis and Testing Services
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