Recent Research Projects

Improvement of porous concrete for horticultural applications

2018/19-2019/20 • $240,000 • PI,CO
This research grant is focused on the testing and optimizing of porous concrete as an environmental control system for humidity and temperature control (HVAC control) and as a substrate for horticultural production. Porous concrete has the ability to be formed into almost any shape, making this...

Oil and lipid improvements in field pea, a non-traditional oilseed crop

2015/16-2019/20 • $160,000 • PI,CO
This research proposal aims to accelerate the development of an oil seed pea through exploration of natural variation and genetic enhancement of fatty acid accumulation in field pea. Our laboratories have recently studied molecular and biochemical aspects of lipid improvement in field pea. We...

Horticultural and production research of medical plants for EXKA Inc.

2019/20 • $100,000 • PI,CO
The legal status of cannabis is shifting, causing a rapidly expanding market in North America and Europe. Due to its previous listing as an illicit drug and current status as a controlled substance, knowledge gaps exist in cannabis production and processing. While the number of clinical...

Use of LEDs for shelf life extension of leafy greens

2018/19-2019/20 • $66,000 • PI,CO
More than $7 billion of fresh produce is wasted in Canadian grocery stores every year, primarily because stores prefer to showcase/sell produce that looks appealing to their customers. This not only creates a negative social and environmental connotation associated with food wastage, but it also...

Amber light LED narrow wavelength plant growth system

2018/19 • $125,000 • PI
Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are slowly becoming the primary lighting source in controlled environments. However, high pressure sodium (HPS) are still preferred by most growers as they result in higher yield and better plant quality for most plants when compared to LEDs. The advantage of LEDs...

Engineering and Science Based Solutions for Northern Food Security through the Development of a Northern Greenhouse

2018/19 • $33,000 • PI
One of the great challenges for northern Canada is food security. A key finding of a report by the Council of Canadian Academies (2014) was the importance of lived, northern experience and traditional knowledge in defining and addressing the issues surrounding food security. In southern regions,...

Adaptation of Sprung structure for use as greenhouse

2018/19 • $25,000 • PI
Sprung Instant Structures, a company specializing in tensioned membrane structures, has identified greenhouse*manufacturing as a potential market segment that they can capture. Sprung's innovative building solutions are*engineered for design flexibility, all-weather performance, long term...

Plant Growth Response to Light Emitting Diodes in Controlled Environments

2013/14-2017/18 • $145,000 • PI
The environment exerts significant influence on the development of plants. The proposal herein, outlines a method for integrating engineering methods for the improvement of plant production, utilizing analytical tools (including HPLC and mass spectrometry) to monitor carotenoid accumulation in...

Use of LEDs for shelf life extension of plants

2016/17 • $25,000 • PI
More than $7 billion of fresh produce is wasted in Canadian grocery stores every year, primarily because storesprefer to sell produce that looks appealing. This not only creates a negative social and environmentalconnotation associated with food wastage, but it also represents a lost revenue...

Optimization of drying processes for plant biomass

2016/17 • $25,000 • PI
The Canadian medical marijuana industry is currently worth $80-$100 million. With the transition ofgovernment policy, legalization of recreational marijuana use is pending which analysts predict will expand theindustry into a $5 billion market. DelShen Therapeutics is a registered Canadian...

Light emitting diode evaluation for plant production in greenhouses

2012/13-2014/15 • $360,000 • PI
There are currently 22.9 million square meters allocated to greenhouse production in Canada, where vegetable sales exceed $1 billion annually. Tomato sales in the country account for over 50% of all vegetable sales; followed by peppers, cucumbers, and lettuce. The influence of light irradiance...

Biomass furnace flue gas emission control system (GECS) for greenhouse carbon dioxide enrichment - I2I phase I

2013/14 • $125,000 • PI,CO
New technologies that use renewable energy sources and emit fewer pollutants are required to offset increasing energy prices and global environmental challenges. A promising solution is through the use of biomass as a replacement for fossil fuels. Greenhouses have a significant heat requirement...

Testing of a light emitting diode array for improving intensity and wavelength control

2013/14 • $25,000 • PI
LED Innovation Design manufactures and markets a range of LED products for use in greenhouses and otherindustrial applications. Recently, they have developed a range of individual wavelength LED arrays that havebeen designed for plant production using very high intensities LEDs (>300 umol m-2...

Testing and optimization of an inflatable plant production system

2012/13 • $25,000 • PI
Food production systems in Canada are being pressured by changes in consumer's demands and the impact of climate change on production. Meeting future demands for food production will require flexibility in plant production systems including field, greenhouse, and indoor farming (growth chamber)....

Environmental Control System for Greenhouses

2011/12 • $79,027 • PI,CO
Funds are requested for the purchase of an environmental control system for greenhouses. This system is absolutely essential for the proper function of a greenhouse as it is the system that ensures that the environmental conditions required by researchers are met. This requested system is to...

Development of an oilseed pea

2010/11-2011/12 • $41,736 • PI,CO
This grant is for the multiplication, field screening, development, and initial breeding of an oilseed field pea for use in the biodiesel market. Through our preliminary screening of 6 accessions, we have found an average of 12% lipid content within field peas which is significantly larger than...

Patents

APPARATUS FOR CARBON DIOXIDE ENRICHMENT

A flue gas treatment apparatus has a flue gas inlet, a treated gas outlet downstream of the flue gas inlet, and a gas flow path therebetween. The flue gas treatment apparatus comprises a particulate removal device. A first heater is downstream of the particulate removal device. The first heater heats the flue gas to a first treatment temperature. A first catalytic converter is downstream of the first heater for eliminating at least some CO and SO2 from the flue gas. A second heater is...
Related applications: WO2014CA00565, EP20140822618, EP20140822618, CA20142951291

GREENHOUSE AND METHOD FOR COOLING SAME

A greenhouse and a method for cooling a greenhouse are disclosed. The greenhouse has side walls providing a structural frame and which define an enclosed growing area. The greenhouse also has a roof which extends from the structural frame, and which has multiple roof sections extending inwardly over the growing area. A first roof section covers a first portion of the growing area and terminates in a first remote edge which is spaced inwardly from the structural frame. A second and subsequent...
Related applications: CA20132838296

ELECTROCYCLONIC PARTICLE COLLECTOR

An electrocyclonic particle collector (EPC) for removing particulate matter from a gas includes an EPC gas inlet, an EPC gas outlet, and an EPC gas flow path between the EPC gas inlet and the EPC gas outlet. A first section is downstream of the EPC gas inlet and includes a first cyclonic particle collector in the gas flow path for cyclonically removing particles from the gas. A second section is in series with the first section and includes a rotational flow chamber in the gas flow path, and...
Related applications: CA20163022608, EP20160788978, EP20160788978, WO2016CA50024

METHOD OF GROWING A PLANT HAVING AT LEAST ONE LIGHT ABSORBING PIGMENT

There is described a method of growing a plant having at least one light absorbing pigment where the at least one light absorbing pigment absorbing optical energy at absorbing wavelengths. The method generally includes a step of illuminating the plant with at least one light beam. The at least one light beam having optical energy within at least two spectral regions each encompassing a given wavelength, the given wavelengths being away from the absorbing wavelengths of the at least one light...
Related applications: WO2019CA50356

METHOD OF GROWING A PLANT HAVING AT LEAST ONE LIGHT ABSORBING PIGMENT

There is described a method of growing a plant having at least one light absorbing pigment, the at least one light absorbing pigment absorbing optical energy at absorbing wavelengths. The method generally has illuminating the plant growing light, the growing light having optical energy within at least two spectral regions each encompassing a given wavelength, the given wavelengths being out of tune with the absorbing wavelengths of the at least one light absorbing pigment, the at least two...
Related applications: WO2020CA51277, EP20200867534