How long is something novel? - Novel Plants

How Long is Something Novel?

Exploring when regulatory oversight is no longer required In Canada, new plant varieties are regulated based on the final product, not the process used to create the variety. For example, a herbicide-tolerant canola variety is regulated based on the traits that make the new variety novel, not the breeding process Read more…

Google Crops

Google Crops

Artificial intelligence developed optimal crops Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) stagger the minds regarding what is capable today. This spring, a demonstration of Google Assistant, witnessed Google’s AI phoning a hair salon to book an appointment, all without the salon being aware they were talking with a computer. The computer Read more…

The evolution of plant breeding from punnet squares to precision

Evolution of Plant Breeding

Moving from random, untargeted mutagenesis to specific, targeted mutagenesis Humans have been breeding plants for millennia. Our ancestors began to domesticate plants (and animals) at least 10,000 years ago, allowing nomadic tribes to become stationary and form communities as they no longer had to pursue their food. Only in the Read more…

Canadian Agriculture success has led to your food, thank a farmer if you ate today

Our Canadian Agriculture Success Story

By Robert Wager, Vancouver Island University I’ve had the great pleasure of being a faculty member of the Biology Department of Vancouver Island University for the past 23 years.  My area of research is agricultural biotechnology with an emphasis on public outreach.  The world has seen a great change in Read more…

Risky Business

Regulation of Satan’s drink to GMOs Cultures have struggled with innovations for centuries. The risk associated with change and the unknown, whether real or perception, is sometimes so great that society revolts or prolongs acceptance. At times, change is just too much of a ‘risky business’. No not like Tom Read more…