What is VALGEN™?

Value Addition Through Genomics and GE3LS

The well-being of Canadians has long depended upon the agricultural industry. The VALGEN™ research team is investigating how Canada can benefit from applications of agricultural genomics, a new science which studies the effects of the entire set of genes making up a particular organism such as our familiar crops of wheat, flax, canola and corn. The project focuses on three crucial factors that affect how scientific discoveries make their way from laboratory to the marketplace.

Research Themes

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Democratic Engagement

Canadians need meaningful ways to participate in decision-making about how we choose, develop and use new agricultural technologies and products.  The VALGEN team will engage the Canadian public to learn...

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Governance and Regulation

VALGEN aims to identify new models for governance of breakthrough agricultural technologies and bioproducts, and to ensure that publicly supported research is used efficiently to benefit Canadians. For Canadians to get...

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Intellectual Property Management and Technology Transfer

VALGEN will examine how scientific and technological discoveries leave the laboratory as intellectual property such as patents, copyrights and trade secrets.  The research will investigate how these legal tools are...

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VALGEN’s Toolbox: Triage, Models, Methods, and Metrics

VALGEN’s Toolbox: Triage, Models, Methods, and Metrics Triage: VALGEN will apply a triage methodology to consolidate resources and set priorities. Triage will consider known versus unknown theory and evidence and...

Recent News

Now online: Handbook on Agriculture, Biotechnology and Development

The Handbook on Agriculture, Biotechnology and Development, edited by Stuart J. Smyth, Peter W.B. Phillips and David Castle, is now available online.  The introductory chapter and index can be downloaded free...

Policy Brief – Literature Assessment Using the Delphi Method

Policy Brief #50 outlines how a Delphi process was used to develop a research collection of some of the most important articles in the field of agriculture, biotechnology and development....

Interview with Peter WB Phillips

This interview covers a range of topics related to agriculture biotechnology regulations, including issues surrounding the regulation of GM wheat, the basic framework underlying the Canadian regulatory system, and the role...

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