b"Pursuing ourobjectivesIn addition to launching four new GAPP competitions, two cycles of GAPP projects, the 9th and 10th rounds, were made official this year. Minister of Science and Sport Kirsty Duncan announced the successful recipients of the GAPP 9 project at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, whose researcher Dr. Michael Pautler is collaborating with Dr. David Guttman and his team at the University of Toronto to improve disease-resistance in greenhouse vegetables. Their work will help reduce the 20% crop loss and improve Canadas greenhouse industry, currently worth more than $1 billion in retail sales and exports annually. Descriptions of the GAPP 9 projects can be found here.GAPP 10 featured several innovative partnerships, including a collaborative research project between the World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF-Canada), Dr. Mehrdad Hajibabaei from the University of Guelph and Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC). They will validate and implement a new tech-nique called environmental DNA metabarcoding, which uses bulk environmental samples for identification of species through species specific genomic sequences (DNA 'barcodes') using high-throughput sequencing technologies. The project will generate biodiversity data for freshwater benthic macroinvertebrates, the small animals that live at the bottom of streams, rivers. The technique will be used to analyze bulk samples collected by community-based monitoring efforts across a wide range of Canadian watersheds. This project will be the first of its kind at this scale and will help understand the impacts of resource projects Genome Canada Annual Report 2018-19 19"