OGI supported Ontario Beekeepers’ Association (OBA) and Dr Amro Zayed at York University to lead to the development of biological markers that will provide a powerful tool to assist bee keepers in healthy bee colonies. Identifying genetic traits that improve pest resistance in honeybees could address the issue of colony collapse disorder, a serious problem threatening the health of honeybees and the economic stability of commercial beekeeping and pollination operations worldwide.
OGI collaborated with the Canadian Dairy Network in a research project to genotype 1500 cows for genetic evaluation. Current genetic evaluation is primarily done on data from sires and this data will expand the information available and account for the variability seen when the cows are not taken into account.
A project led by Genome Alberta and the Ontario Genomics Institute will help industry growth by using genomics-based approaches to select for dairy cattle with the genetic traits needed for more efficient feed conversion and to lower methane emissions. To date, it has been both difficult and expensive to collect the data required for such selection. The research team led by Dr. Filippo Miglior of the University of Guelph and Dr. Paul Stothard from Livestock Gentec at the University of Alberta want to change that by using the latest genomic approaches and the award-winning phenotyping platform developed by Growsafe in Alberta, to collect and assess the required data to carry out the selection.