Plant Research Seminar Series : Biosurveillance of Alien Forest Enemies (bioSAFE)
Date: October 26, 2017
Time: 13:00-14:00 ET
This presentation will be offered as a webinar. Go to https://gts-ee.webex.com/gts-ee/j.php?MTID=m2df561aa323ed45adb795ebc4485d366
Dr. Richard Hamelin – University of British Columbia
Dr. Pierre Bilodeau – Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Dr. Michel Cusson – Natural Resources Canada
Download the announcement here.
The world’s forests face unprecedented threats from invasive insects and pathogens as the number of new introductions and interceptions increases with expanding global trade. In order to reduce these risks, there are a number of challenges that regulatory authorities face, such as the identification of species in various life stages, determining the origin of intercepted pests and a lack of effective tools for informing decision-makers on the costs and benefits of mitigation.
Biosurveillance of Alien Forest Enemies (bioSAFE) is a genomics research project that aims to address these challenges by developing a suite of tools to enhance Canada’s capacity in preventing and mitigating invasive species threatening Canadian forests. The research is taking full advantage of the ever-increasing capacity of genome sequencing to develop a biosurveillance platform capable of characterizing global populations, discovering candidate genes predictive of invasive traits and integrating this information with economic data into a decision support system to inform cost-effective pest management and mitigation options. The four-year project, launched in October 2016 through Genome Canada’s Large-Scale Applied Research Program (LSARP), unites a team of scientific expertise from the CFIA, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), the University of British Columbia (UBC), Université Laval, as well several other academic and government partners.
This presentation will focus on progress made to date on Asian gypsy moth and Dutch elm disease, and how the biosurveillance platform is expected to impact forest protection in Canada by enhancing early threat detection and supporting decision-makers on forest pest mitigation and management options.