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Greenhouse upgrades by AgCanada


May 11, 2009
By Greenhouse Canada

May 11, 2009 – AgCanada is investing in new greenhouse facilities at a pair of research centres.

May 11, 2009 – AgCanada is investing in new greenhouse facilities at a pair of research centres.

Receiving upgrades are the Semiarid Prairie Agricultural Research Centre (SPARC) in Swift Current, Sask., and the Crops and Livestock Research Centre in Prince Edward Island.

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In Budget 2009, Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government committed to an accelerated investment program to provide $250 million, over the next two years, to upgrade federal laboratories.

The SPARC project includes the replacement of aging greenhouse facilities with a safer, more energy efficient structure.

In P.E.I., the funding will be used to replace an out-of-date greenhouse in Charlottetown with a new greenhouse facility at the Harrington field research station. The facility will include a 600-square-metre greenhouse, a header house, and a 20-square-metre growth room.

The greenhouse facility will be used for advanced breeding work, research and development of new crops with improved health benefits for the nutraceutical and functional food markets, trial work on pest management techniques and in association with the Pest Management Regulatory Agency, evaluation of minor use pesticides and strategies for reducing pesticide use and reducing pesticide risk.


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