ATLANTA, May 21 /PRNewswire/ - With the Alberta Government's May 20th announcement of its contribution towards 2 new genomics projects, Genome Alberta has completed the funding puzzle and is pleased to announce these new and very special projects that will play a leading role in genomic research.
Helping Energy Extraction Become a Little Bit Greener:
Deep inside the world's hydrocarbon deposits are naturally occurring microbes that have been hard at work for untold years. These microbes have the potential to make it easier and more efficient to pull oil out of conventional wells, remove the bitumen from the oil sands, and clean up tailings ponds. A team led by Dr. Gerrit Voordouw of the
Green and Natural Plant Factories:
"Plants are the world's best chemists. They can synthesize an immense diversity of molecules. We're going to identify the genes from more than 75 plants that make those plants produce valuable compounds." says Dr. Peter Facchini of the
A Funding Leader:
Genome Alberta is excited to have put together 2 such outstanding projects which cross over disciplines and borders. With partners, participants, and supporters from across Canada and into the United States these projects will enhance Genome Alberta's role as an organization which can initiate, fund, and manage large scale genomics projects. Doctors Facchini, Martin, and Voordouw are leaders in their respective fields and Genome Alberta is looking forward to working with them over the next few years.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION: - Genome Alberta is a not-for-profit organization based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada which initiates, funds, and manages large-scale projects in genomics and other related 'omic' areas. - Genome Alberta is one of 6 similar Genome Centres across Canada funded in part by Industry Canada through Genome Canada. - These 2 projects are worth a total of 25.2 million dollars over approximately 4 years - A full and complete description of the projects can be found at -http://genomealberta.ca/research/projects/environment/PhytoMetaSyn.aspx -http://genomealberta.ca/research/new_initiatives/oil_sands/ - Major funding for the projects has come from Industry Canada through Genome Canada and the Government of Alberta through Alberta Advanced Education and Technology. - Genome Alberta was incorporated in 2005 and officially launched in 2006 and since then has invested approximately 17 million dollars in salaries and benefits, 4 million dollars in consumables, and almost 3 million dollars in equipment. - These projects were reviewed by an International Science Panel and Genome Alberta's future role will include monitoring the project finances and milestones and bringing together advisory boards to review the science. - The official titles for the projects are: - Metagenomics for Greener Production and Extraction of Hydrocarbon Energy AND - Synthetic Biosystems for the Production of High-Value Plant Metabolites
|SOURCE Genome Alberta|
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