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Exploiting the full potential of next generation DNA sequencing for crop improvement

Status: 
Past
Competition: 
2012 Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Competition
Sector: 
Agriculture and Agri Food
Forestry
Fisheries and Aquaculture
Environment
Energy
Genome Centre(s):
Genome Atlantic
Project Leader(s):
Sean Myles (Dalhousie University)
Fiscal Year Project Launched: 
2013-2014
Project Description: 

A future with safe and secure food requires the breeding of new disease-resistant crops that provide higher yields and require fewer chemicals to grow. Current breeding practices have given us most of the food we enjoy today, but many of the current breeding methods are laborious, time-consuming and expensive.

New genomics technologies can help make the traditional breeding process more efficient, cost-effective and accurate.

Dr. Sean Myles is making sense of data generated from modern DNA sequencing technologies to develop user-friendly genomics-assisted breeding software that will quicken the development of better-tasting and healthier food. The software will also be able to be used in other areas of genomics research, such as forestry, bioenergy, conservation biology and aquaculture.