The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs partnership with the University of Guelph to Monitoring and Managing Crop Pests
Ministry renews key funding partnership with University of Guelph, Monitoring and Managing Crop Pests, $6.3 million. The money will be used to continue several projects already underway, ie monitoring and managing crop pests. The two projects headed by environmental sciences professor Rebecca Hallett received $277,000, to help develop trapping methods and identification tools for the spotted-wing drosophila, which is known to destroy 30 to 80 per cent of a fruit crop. The other $135,400 grant will focus on curbing swede midge, an invasive pest that damages canola. Plant agriculture professor Dave Wolyn received $94,700 to study growth and breeding of Russian dandelion plants to develop a Canadian rubber industry.
Food science professor Lisa Duizer will use a $109,700 grant to study the addition of nutrients to foods served in retirement and long-term care facilities. In addition, she will use a second grant worth $155,124 to develop ways to help consumers choose healthier food.
A team headed by food science professor Shai Barbut received $360,000 to continue studies of replacing fat with health-promoting substances in meat products such as hot dogs.
$80,000 to developing a tool to help decision-makers address new or re-emerging zoonotic diseases passed between animals and humans. This project headed by Jan Sargent, director of Guelph’s Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses and a professor in the department of population medicine at Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College.
Agriculture Minister Ted McMeekin said, "When research and innovation come together, good things happen: new products are developed and our economy gets stronger “ That’s why continued partnerships such as this one, with the University of Guelph, are so important.”
The grants will fund research work at the university’s Guelph, Ridgetown and Kemptville campuses, as well as work being done at the province’s research stations and at other Ontario universities.
Rich Moccia, University of Guelph’s associate vice-president (research) say that ministry support is crucial for university researchers. an investment allow to engage researchers at other universities and foster innovations and breakthroughs that will better protect the healty, the economy and the environment.