CALGARY, Feb. 14 /CNW/ - Genome Alberta, the Alberta Livestock and Meat
Agency and the University of Lethbridge are pleased to announce the
first of 9 projects approved for funding under Genome Alberta's
'Alberta Livestock Genomics Program' (ALGP).
With 4.5 million dollars in funding from the Alberta Livestock and Meat
Agency (ALMA) Genome Alberta put out a call for proposals in 2010 and
has approved 9 research projects to help improve the quality,
reputation, and health of Alberta Livestock.
The first project to be given the go-ahead is led by University of
Lethbridge Researcher Dr. Brent Selinger. The project will be co-led by
Dr. Tim McAllister Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada's Lethbridge Research
Centre. Also represented in the project team are IdentiGEN Canada Ltd
and University College Cork in Ireland.
The $ 470,000 in funding and project support from Genome Alberta and
ALMA will be used by the project researchers to look at a microorganism
carried in cattle which can result in human disease.
Escherichia coli O157:H7 is often found in the gut of even healthy
cattle but when it reaches high enough levels for the cattle to become
'super shedders' it can spread and can become a problem for people.
The newly funded project " The use of metagenomics to develop mitigation strategies for Escherichia
coli O157:H7 colonization in cattle" will use functional genomics to identify and develop new bioactive
compounds for the control of the pathogen and to find new strategies to
mitigate the shedding of E. Coli O157:H7 .
"It is very significant to note that the funding for this research is
being channelled through Genome Alberta," said Dr Dennis Fitzpatrick,
the Genome Alberta Board chair and Professor of Biochemistry at the
University of Lethbridge. "The industry wants to be competitive on the
world stage, and they are to be commended for moving these projects
forward through research. When research goals align with research
needs, everyone benefits."
Work on the project lead by the University of Lethbridge is underway and
over the next several weeks funding details for 8 more research
projects to enhance Alberta's Livestock Sector are underway.
"These investments are major steps forward for the Alberta Livestock and
Meat Strategy," says ALMA president and CEO, Gordon Cove. "ALMA's
investments will help maintain Alberta's position as a leader in
livestock genomics research."
Genome Alberta's President and CEO Dr. David Bailey said, "In addition
to the strong funding commitment from ALMA, the national and
international organizations partnering in the various projects will
bring the total research envelope into the 8 to 9 million dollar
Over the coming weeks Genome Alberta and its partners will be announcing
details of other successful projects involving other Alberta, Canadian,
and U.S. Universities, industry, and U.S-based agencies.
About the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency:
The Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA) has invested more than $8.7
million in genomics research, over three years, to help increase the
competitiveness of Alberta's livestock and meat industry. The agency
contributes ideas, information and investment as it works with industry
partners towards achieving the goal of a sustainable, profitable and
internationally respected livestock and meat industry. For more
information, visit www.alma.alberta.ca.
About Genome Alberta:
Genome Alberta is a publicly funded organization that initiates, funds,
and manages genomics research and partnerships. We are based in Calgary
but lead projects around the province and participate in a variety of
projects across the country. We are one of Canada's six Genome Centres
and work closely with these centres to advance the science and
application of genomics, metabolomics, and many other related 'omics'.
Apart from the scientific contributions and advances that come from our
research, we contribute directly to the economy and have put almost 20
million dollars into salaries, benefits and consumables since we were
created in mid 2005.
About University of Lethbridge:
The University of Lethbridge fosters an environment that meets the
educational and personal needs of students through excellent teaching,
exposure to research, interaction with professors and instructors,
academic advising, counseling, and cultural, recreational and
extracurricular programs. We value and support many approaches to
teaching and learning, and strive to be a leader in using teaching
tools, techniques, and technologies to facilitate, ameliorate, and
refine the educational experience.
SOURCE Genome Alberta
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