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Mining

Boosting Canada’s outputs and advancing international leadership

Genomics research is underway in Canada that aims to improve industrial mineral extraction, and processing, mitigate environmental risk and provide tools for more effective remediation of mining tailings. This is positioning Canada’s mining industry to meet anticipated increased demand for fossil fuels, metals and minerals associated with a growing global middle class. Genomic tools are providing new strategies to help manage and clean up contaminants, and control acid rock drainage and the unwanted leaching of metals. The applications of and opportunities for genomics in the sector are just starting to be recognized as a tremendous growth area for both research and industry.