Stories and information about our people and projects.

In April Phytola received notification that its project aimed at improving camelina as a Canadian oilseed crop was approved for funding under the federal Mitacs Elevate Program.
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Phytola’s Scientific Director Dr. Randall Weselake was among 15 researchers honored at TEC Edmonton’s Innovation Makes Sense event last October. The event recognizes the essential role that the patenting process plays in moving breakthrough research from the bench to the market.
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Final results from the Total Utilization Flax Genomics (TUFGEN) project were presented at the Annual Flax Research Workshop in Winnipeg on February 25, 2014. Managed by Genome Prairie, the project was aimed at increasing the versatility and benefits of flax through the application of genome-based tools to assist breeding and new trait development.
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Dr. Rodrigo Siloto, a senior research associate with Phytola, has taken major strides toward accelerating this process with a novel High-Throughput Technology. Rodrigo is a co-inventor on the patent for this technology, which has undergone many improvements and attracted international interest, including Cargill as an industry partner.
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On October 28, 2011, at the ASTech Awards Gala in Calgary, Phytola Scientific Director Dr. Randall Weselake was recognized as an ASTech Honouree.
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Phytola Science Meeting

The 2015 Phytola Science Meeting was held on September 16 to 17, 2015, at the Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta. Attendees were informed of the advancements made in oilseed sciences and biotechnology through Phytola’s research. There were two excellent keynote presentations from Dr. Ivo Feussner (Georg-August-University, Germany) and from the 2015 Eminent Scientist Award winner and Phytola Scientific Advisor Dr. Wolfgang Friedt.

This year's celebration of Phytola science will be posted here when the details have been confirmed.