Organization: Plant Biotechnology Institute

Metabolix sets up R&D operations in Saskatoon

Metabolix Inc has established operations in Saskatoon at the National Research Council‘s Plant Biotechnology Institute (PBI) to tap into the region’s R&D expertise and infrastructure. The Cambridge MA-based developer of bio-based plastics, fuels and chemicals will locate at PBI’s Industrial Partnership Facility — a research incubator that opened in 2002 and now houses 12 companies.…

NRC and Agrisoma Biosciences launch project

The National Research Council and Agrisoma Biosciences Inc are merging technologies to develop uses for low-emission agricultural bioproducts for energy production. The five-year project will focus on open access intellectual property for industry and is expected to improve production and crop yields for oilseeds such as canola and mustard. The collaboration between the NRC’s Plant…

NRC’s PBI teams with Dutch plant genomics consortium

The National Research Council‘s Plant Biotechnology Institute (PBI) in Saskatoon is partnering on three canola research projects with the Netherland’s Centre for BioSystems Genomics (CBSG). The collaboration is a first between the two organizations and will focus on studying the genetics of lipid metabolism in canola to improve nutritional value, examine seed quality and vigour…

China and NRC to collaborate on canola research

The Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences’ Oil Crop Research Institute has signed an agreement with the National Research Council‘s Plant Biotechnology Institute to conduct joint genetic research on improving the production of canola. The Chinese Academy will contribute $300,000 for the first project under the agreement — the first time China has invested directly in…

NRC launches $10-million nutraceuticals program

The National Research Council (NRC) has rolled out another piece of its cluster and community-based innovation strategy with a $10-million nutraceuticals research program. The investment over five years is being made in the NRC’s Plant Biotechnology Institute in Saskatoon. Initial participants in the research program include the Saskatchewan Nuturaceuticals Network, Univ of Saskatchewan and Bioriginal…