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VRIC to host genomics specialists


February 7, 2011
By Dave Harrison

Feb. 7, 2011, Vineland, Ont. – Vineland Research and Innovation Centre
will welcome scientists and horticulture industry representatives from
around the globe to a three-day conference in Niagara Falls this summer.

Feb. 7, 2011, Vineland, Ont. – Vineland Research and Innovation Centre will welcome scientists and horticulture industry representatives from around the globe to a three-day conference in Niagara Falls this summer.

“This event will bring together Canadian researchers and internationally-renowned scientists to explore advances in genomics research within the plant sciences,” said Dr. Daryl Somers, Vineland’s Research Director Applied Genomics. “Leading edge research is valued at Vineland, to maximize our impact on industry we need to bring the best minds in genomics together.”

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Early sponsorship support has been impressive. Contributions from Genome Prairie, Canola Council, Pioneer Hi-Bred, DNA Landmarks, BioRad, and Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs are setting strong examples by industry and government on the value of this event.

“For over a decade this workshop has showcased the investment of genomics-based approaches to plant science that has demonstrated true value to many industrial partners. We welcome the opportunity to be a part of this very important event,” said Reno Pontarollo, CSO Genome Prairie.

To send a message of encouragement to young and upcoming scientists, the conference is also including the CPWG graduate student poster competition. Local and international students will be awarded up to five grants of $500 and will receive special recognition following a judges' panel evaluation.

“This conference is more than just a session for scientists, it is designed to strengthen the connections between good research and industry application. Communicating outcomes to our industry partners will be an important part of the conference,” said Dr. Jim Brandle, CEO Vineland.

Outcomes of the workshop will include strategic relationships with the scientific community, expanded partnerships with strengthened technology transfer between researchers.

For further information go to www.cpgw2011.com.


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