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Grande Prairie researcher receives funding for agricultural project

A research scientist from Northwestern Polytechnic is among a handful of organizations and applicants to receive funding for agricultural research in the province.

Gail MacInnis will receive $79,520 that will go toward harnessing the power of pollen DNA metabarcoding to enhance pollinator health and honey value in cropping landscapes.

The funding, which comes from Alberta Innovates, was doled out to projects related to sustainability, securing a dependable food supply, adapting to changing threats to production, and mitigating negative environmental effects.

Alberta Innovates teamed up with the Agriculture Funding Consortium to identify research priorities for the 2022-2023 funding allotment, and includes cross-platform technologies, remote sensing and digitalization, autonomous systems, and addressing the spread of chronic wasting disease.

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In total, the 2022-2023 Agriculture Funding Consortium Funded Projects are getting just over $1.2 million.

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