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Researchers at Cape Breton University are aiming to revitalize the island’s oyster industry in the Bras’ d’Or Lake. The project aims to determine the life cycle of a parasite that almost wiped out the oyster population years ago, and hopes to bolster the stock once more is understood about this micro-organism.

Memorial University student, Jackie Saturno, is researching how different fishing ropes break down into the ocean in order to determine which ropes create less microplastics. She is conducting this research at MUN’s Marine Institute and plans on publishing her findings in order to educate the fishing community on the environmental impact of microplastics.

At Holland College, people are creating an online video cookbook for folks with disabilities. The recipes are carefully designed to be easy to make and nutritious. This project received funding from the provincial government as part of a community wellness grant.  

In November, the Université de Moncton inked a deal with the federal government, Genome Canada, Genome Atlantic, NBIF and Organigram to study genome mapping for the cannabis industry. The goal of the project is to identify specific traits of cannabis crops through genetic mapping to improve on harvesting practices and crop quality. The project’s partners plan to commit $1.1 million to the project over the course of three years.

The folks at CCNB reported a successful harvest with its project with the Marijuana Company of America to cultivate hemp plants for CBD extraction. CCNB’s role in the project was to identify and provide solutions to expedite the harvesting and drying process.

UPEI spin-out company, Nautilus Biosciences which is now owned by Croda, announced its expansion of its facility on the UPEI campus. The expansion included a new, high-tech machine that allows its scientists to conduct tests on marine microbes, faster and more efficiently.

The Creative Destruction Lab-Atlantic received a hefty investment from Invest Nova Scotia. CDL–Atlantic, which is run through partnership between the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and Dalhousie University’s Rowe School of Business, will receive $1.25 million over the course of 5 years. This is a great example of CDL-Atlantic gaining momentum on the East Coast, so far it has graduated 12 companies out of its program. 

---We’re excited to see our members generating so much good news for the Atlantic Canadian innovation and business community and we’re looking forward to reading more in the future!