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Canada Partners with Dutch on Canola Genomics

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Canada's National Research Council will collaborate with the Centre for BioSystems Genomics (CBSG) in the Netherlands to conduct studies of canola that may lead to ways to use genetics to improve the crop, according to NRC.

The NRC's Plant Biotechnology Institute and the CBSG will work together on three projects.

One project will aim to understand the genetics involved in lipid metabolism in canola in order to find ways to improve the plant's nutritional value. Another project will study the quality and vigor of the crop in order to improve yield and make it more competitive with other crops. And the third project aims to find signaling pathways that are involved in the formation of haploid embryos, which could be used to improve varieties of canola in shorter time-to-market.

"CBSG has a long history of establishing international collaborations and this new link with Canada represents an excellent combination of complementary expertise between innovative scientists in Canada and The Netherlands," Robert Hall, acting director of CBSG, said in a statement.

Based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, the NRC – PBI is a research center focused on genomics, metabolic pathways, gene expression, genetic information, structured biology, and natural product chemistry.

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