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Genomics R&D Initiative (PDF, 3.2 MB)

GRDI Federal departments and agencies

  • National Research Council
  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Health Canada
  • Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency

The GRDI shared priority projects mobilize the best research capacity in federal laboratories to address strategic government priorities.

Recognizing the unprecedented collaboration among departments and the outstanding results of the Food and Water Safety project and the Quarantine and Invasive Species project, the Government of Canada honoured the teams with a 2016 Public Service Award of Excellence for Scientific Contribution.

Food and Water Safety (2011-2016)

5 year collaboration

53 scientists and their teams

6 federal departments and agencies

Key Achievements

  • The most comprehensive cataloguing to date of Canadian food and water pathogen genomes
  • An analytical platform deployed across Canada to public health authorities for rapid identification of priority pathogens
  • New technologies reducing detection and identification time from days to hours with near-perfect accuracy

Benefits

  • Much faster and effective response to incidents of food or water contamination (E. coli, Salmonella)
  • Reduced risks from foodborne and waterborne illness estimated to cost Canada more than $12 billion per year
Quarantine and Invasive Species (2011-2016)

5 year collaboration

29 scientists and their teams

6 federal departments and agencies

Key Achievements

  • Extensive reference database of DNA barcodes of more than 90% of Canadian species with quarantine status
  • Standard Operating Protocols for DNA extraction, barcoding and next generation sequencing transferred to end users

Benefits

  • Faster, more accurate and more cost-effective detection of species that could have irreversible impacts on Canada's environment and economy
  • Improved protection from major trade disruption
Antimicrobial Resistance (2016-2021)

5 year collaboration

23 scientists and their teams

5 federal departments and agencies

Objective

To understand how food production contributes to antimicrobial resistance of human health concern and explore strategies for its reduction

Envisioned Benefits

  • Informed public health and food production decisions to address one of the most serious global health threats facing the world today
  • Reduced antimicrobial resistance in food production systems
Metagenomic-Based Ecosystem Biomonitoring (2016-2021)

5 year collaboration

30 scientists and their teams

7 federal departments and agencies

Objective

To characterize the complex microbial and invertebrate biodiversity of soil and freshwater through novel metagenomics approaches

Envisioned Benefits

  • A comprehensive perspective of water and soil as living systems that sustain ecosystem services and economic activities
  • Environmental management and resource development decisions informed by monitoring of soil and freshwater quality
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