Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

August 10, 2007 12:03 ET

Canada's New Government Invests to Combat Invasive Tree Pests

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Aug. 10, 2007) - Rod Bruinooge, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South, on behalf of Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, with the Agri-Food Research and Development Initiative, (ARDI) today announced a $66,000 grant to the Department of Plant Science at the University of Manitoba and Jeffries Nurseries Ltd. for research on the diversification of tree stock.

"Tree stock diversification is an important step in protecting Canada's natural resources and improving our environment," said MP Rod Bruinooge. "This type of partnership between governments and researchers will help ensure the sustainability of the Manitoban and Canadian agriculture sector."

This project will enable researchers to study borer resistant shade trees, such as Sugar Maple, as possible replacements for tree stock devastated by invasive pests. As the Emerald Ash beetle continues to move into the prairies from the west, researchers are looking to diversify trees stock to include varieties that are resistant to this borer. This initiative will also help Manitoba nursery growers offset the financial impact caused by invasive tree pests.

ARDI funding is cost shared between the federal and Manitoba governments. The federal portion of close to $40,000 for this project comes from the Agri-Food Research and Development Initiative (ARDI) component of the Agriculture Policy Framework (APF) within the Science and Innovation Chapter. The APF is a federal-provincial-territorial initiative that aims to position Canada as the world leader in food safety, innovation and environmentally responsible agricultural production.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    Minister Strahl's Office
    Ted Yeomans
    Press Secretary