Program ID: Innovation Anthology #839
Program Date: 01/19/2017
Program Category: Alberta, Energy, Funding, Genomics, Marine, Oceans, Polar, Reclamation
Genome Alberta: Mapping Microbes In Arctic Marine EnvironmentWhat would happen if there was an oil spill in the Canadian Arctic?
Certainly microbes can play a major role in bio-remediation. But how might they work in a cold water environment ? And what's there in terms of microbial life to begin with?
Those are questions Genome Alberta will answer with its research on microbial genomics in the Canadian Arctic.
President and CEO David Bailey elaborates.
DR DAVID BAILEY: And the reason for that is that with global warming, we have reduced sea ice cover, and ice free summers happening through the Northwest Passage, and that's leading to much greater activity, shipping activity up there. And associated with that is potential for greater risk and an accident or a spill. And we need to be prepared for that. So this project led by the University of Calgary with partners at the University of Manitoba and with Environment Canada are looking at how do we map the diversity that's there today and prepare for a potential spill in the Arctic, and therefore be able to be more quickly to go in and remediate and deal with the problem.
Dr David Bailey says this four year project will establish a scientific baseline.
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