in partnership with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency
(CFIA) and Alberta Innovates – BioSolutions
(AI-Bio) have received registrations for their ‘Application of Genomics Tools to the Detection and Surveillance of Listeria monocytogenes
competition. The RFA is seeking proposals to support research that will demonstrate how genomics-based research/technologies can contribute to a more evidence-based approach to detection and surveillance of Listeria
. The project aims to map the genome of Listeria bacteria so that more rapid tests can be developed. Current test methods take a minimum of five days. Genomic techniques could improve accuracy and decrease testing time significantly, allowing for the CFIA and industry to more effectively identify unsafe foods.
Five registrations were received by Genome Canada and partners. One registration, ‘Detection & Surveillance of Listeria monocytogenes
using Next-Generation Genomics Tools’, is from a team led out of Alberta, Dr. Linda Chui of the University of Alberta Dr. Jian Zhang of Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures and Dr. Matthew Gilmour of the National Microbiology Laboratory Public Health Agency of Canada. Alberta researchers are also co-applicants on one other registration.
The summary table of the registrations is available
as an Excel spreadsheet.
Full-applications are due to the respective Genome Centres on October 2nd, 2012. Genome Canada and partners will announce the successful proposal in mid-December.