Western hosts Agriculture Research Day
By Communications Staff
November 19, 2007
Considered an academic leader in biofuel technology and studies of the environment, The University of Western Ontario hosts Agriculture Research Day on Tuesday, November 20.
The all day event includes tours of the Biotron and the Southern Crop Protection and Food Research Centre (SCPFRC), as well as a series of panel discussions with a particular focus on Western's collaborative efforts with the SCPFRC facility.
"Given the geography of southwestern Ontario, we are in an ideal location to carry out research that will help us better understand our environment and to answer a wide variety of agricultural questions," says Ted Hewitt, Western's Vice-President (Research & International Relations).
"We are fortunate to have strong collaborative ties with the Southern Crop Protection and Food Research Centre and look forward to continuing to work together toward providing benefits to farmers, industry and the agricultural sector as a whole."
Expected participants include local and federal politicians, officials, researchers, scientists and senior administration from Western and SCPFRC, as well as deans and associate deans from pertinent Western faculties.
The Biotron is an interdisciplinary, experimental climate change research facility on the Western campus. The research focus of this international facility is the elucidation of the impact of climate change and extreme environments on plants, insects and micro-organisms.
SCPFRC is one of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's national network of 19 research centres. The facility, located in the heart of one of the most intensive, diverse and productive agri-food regions in Canada, conducts research on air, water and nutrients, field crops, bio-based products and processes, genomics and biotechnology, and integrated pest management.
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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