Program 251

AIRDATE:01/12/08

PROMO: Genome Alberta's Dr. Gijs Rooijen explains metagenomics project to harness microbes for oil sands production

Genomics experts Dr. Janice Cooke and Matthew Bryman delve into gene sequencing the interactions between mountain pine beetles, fungi and pine trees.

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TITLE: Dr. Gijs Van Rooijen, Chief Scientific Officer, Genome Alberta
SUBJECT: #251 Metagenomics, Microbes and Enhanced Oil Sands Production
SYNOPSIS: With the help of Genome Alberta, genetic researchers are taking on two major issues for Alberta industry. One is the devastating infestation Of Alberta’s forests by mountain Pine beetle. The other is oil sands production. By sequencing the DNA of microbes, fungi, bugs and trees, these scientists will give us new insights how these biological systems work. And how we might harness them to improve oil sands Production or reduce potential damage from pests.

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TITLE: Matthew Bryman, Project Manager, Mountain Pine Beetle Genomics Project, Genome Alberta and Dr. Janice Cooke, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences, University of Alberta
SUBJECT: #251 Mountain Pine Beetle Genomics Project
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