The Canadian company Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. called upon La Cité’s Technology Access Centre in Bio-Innovation in order to broaden, from coast to coast, the cultivation protocols of the oleaginous carinata mustard also known as Brassica carinata.
The agricultural firm develops and sells carinata mustard seeds under the trademark Resonance Brand Carinata, a non-food crop, which is used to produce sustainable biofuels. The plant is a rich source of oil that could potentially replace petrol-based fuels.
Through this collaborative research project with La Cité and the Alfred Campus Research and Education Farm (FERCA), the company aimed to develop agronomic practices specific to the Eastern Ontario region and demonstrate the positive impact of carinata on soil microflora.
The project, which began in June and ended in November 2017, involved ten professionals from La Cité, including students, a scientific team and an outside consultant. The team from FERCA was responsible for agronomics side of the project while La Cité managed the scientific research. The team also travelled to Saskatoon to visit the company’s installations. Harvest was completed in mid-October, and the seeds were assessed to evaluate their quality and compare the production rate to cultivars in Western Canada.
By demonstrating the overall beneficial properties of this plant, Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. will better position itself as an innovative agricultural firm working towards developing sustainable Canadian agricultural practices. For La Cité, this collaboration allowed the team to further develop their knowledge in agricultural research, while also increasing their research capacity, to better support the Canadian crop industry.
This project was made possible through funding from the Engage Grants Program from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and with monetary and in-kind contributions from the company.