Biosurveillance Funding

A new $2.43 million research project, funded in part by Genome BC, has been approved to develop state-of-the-art DNA biosurveillance detection tools for operational deployment. Preventing the introduction and establishment of Invasive Alien Species (IAS), such as the Asian gypsy moth and other forest pests, will protect forests and trees and also maintain Canada’s pest-free status to ensure market access for Canadian forest exports, according to a press release by Genome BC.
This research project has been funded through the Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP) as part of Genome Canada’s strategic plan to fund downstream research and development projects that address real world challenges and opportunities as identified by industry, government, not-for-profits and other “Users” of genomics research. In addition to Genome BC ($661,000) and Genome Canada ($810,000), investment into this research also comes from Natural Resources Canada ($490,000), the Canadian Food Inspection Agency ($320,000), and Genome Quebec ($150,000).