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Bugs and genes: can we win the ‘war’ against pests and fungi?

Over 18s only.
Fully accessible.
(Free) parking available.
Past event - 2019
21 May Doors open 7:00 pm Starts 7:30 pm Ends 9:30 pm
One Great City Brewing Company, 1596 Ness Ave,
Winnipeg R3J 3W6
Imagine you could turn a pest against itself. Or control infections by changing the way they work. Genetics is here to help us to get an ahead start in the battle we face against pests and fungi.

Next generation of molecular fungicides

There is an immediate need to find safe, innovative, and environmentally
friendly crop protection tools to combat fungal pathogens in the field. Our
novel strategy uses genomic, cell biology, and computational tools to fight
back against deadly diseases in canola. Our next generation molecular
fungicides are on their way to protecting Canada’s crops and bolstering
Manitoba’s agricultural economy.

Using their genes against them – biotechnologies to control pest insects

Steve Whyard (Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences)
Insects are our main competitors for food and fibre and vectors of our most
serious diseases. With growing concerns about our use of chemical
insecticides to control these pests, we are developing new, species-specific,
environmentally friendlier methods of pest insect control. By examining the
insects’ gene sequences, we have found new ways to selectively control
some pests of agriculture and disease-vectoring mosquitoes, without
adversely affecting non-target, beneficial species.

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