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Future Meat Technologies is already producing test products, including this cultured chicken breast.

Cellular agriculture makes waves in protein production

Government investment, cellular food policy strategy and regulation are missing so far

Scalable cell-based meat production is a reality now that the world’s first industrial cultured meat facility has been launched. Israel-based Future Meat Technologies (FMT) opened its plant last month and aims to have products on the market by 2022. The facility marks new market potential to compete against traditional agriculture and aquaculture sectors. Why it



A new and more complete barley genome may set the stage for new and better varieties.

Barley genome fully mapped

German researchers, leading an international consortium, 
say they’ve given us the best picture yet of the barley genome

Scientists at Helmholtz Zentrum München, a German research centre, have published the closest look yet at the barley genome. They recently published their findings in the journal Nature and lead author Heidrum Gundlach says they hope the new and more detailed barley genome will help develop varieties resistant to pathogens and tolerant of climate fluctuations.

Technology, co-operation to result in long-desired dairy genetic indices

Technology, co-operation to result in long-desired dairy genetic indices

Low heritability traits have been hard to measure but genomics are increasing the availability of data

The Canadian Dairy Network (CDN) is taking aim at some of the most important, but toughest-to-measure genetic traits for dairy cows. The organization that aggregates vast amounts of information on dairy cattle and creates genetic indices that farmers use to make breeding decisions, is using genomics and global co-operation to create the new indices. “Genomics

Researchers in China say cattle with TB resistance are now a reality.

TB-resistant cattle are a reality

A new technique has produced live animals with 
increased resistance to this dangerous disease

Researchers say they’ve found a high-tech way to produce cattle with genetic resistance to bovine tuberculosis. Writing in the open-access journal Genome Biology, Chinese researchers from the Northwest A&F University in Shaanxi, China say CRISPR gene-editing technology allowed the breakthrough. Read more: TB in the spotlight again with Alberta outbreak Dr. Yong Zhang, lead author


Editorial: The nothing strategy

This week, President Obama is expected to sign legislation that will require labels on foods produced using ingredients from genetically modified crops — a notion many in food and farming circles once considered unthinkable. That is, until they were confronted with the potential for something much worse — multiple labelling laws. In the absence of

Hands experimenting with wheat in a laboratory

Farm groups announce funds for wheat genomics research

The project will foster development of improved cultivars that are resistant to disease, pests, heat and drought

The Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC), the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat), and the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) are committing a combined total investment of $3,582,992 over four years for a world-leading research project on wheat genomics. The Saskatchewan-based research project is designed to improve productivity and profitability for wheat farmers. The $8.8-million project,

pig and piglets

Genetics tool sought for hogs

Breeding pigs to have better immune responses means using fewer antibiotics and other medications

New research being led by the University of Guelph could help reduce the amount of medical intervention required in swine production. As part of a $9.8-million national research project aimed at enhancing Canada’s pork industry, a team of researchers will work to develop genomics tools that select pigs able to resist multiple diseases, improve animal


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Saskatchewan researchers help crack the wheat genome

The development could unlock untapped yield and quality potential

University of Saskatchewan researchers are part of an international team who published the first chromosome-based draft sequence of the wheat genome, a development that promises wheat breeders powerful new tools in developing varieties to meet the challenges of world population growth and climate change. “The release of the chromosomal draft of the wheat genome sequence will accelerate gene

rooster and hen in a farmyard

Finding a better balance

There once was a rooster on our farm that was so nasty and unpredictable, he wound up in the stewing pot after a violent confrontation with Uncle Jerry — an event that even decades after the fact remains a cherished bit of family folklore. That rooster was big, beautiful and fearless. He ruled the roost with