one of Canada's largest agricultural industries
First bred in 1974, canola has gone on to become one of Canada’s
leading crops. The industry contributes
19.3 billion dollars
to the Canadian economy every year while providing
12.5 billion dollars in wages to
Canada is also the number one exporter of canola
in the world and annually exports
9 billion dollars
worth of seed, oil, and meal to countries like the USA,
China, Japan, and Mexico.
A major problem
Green seed causes millions of dollars of losses in the canola industry. We're here to change that.
The Green Seed Problem
Green Seeds Lead to Green Oil
The green seed problem arises when canola plants are exposed
to frost, drought or other inclement weather before maturation is complete.
degradation pathway is suspended and the seed remains green.
So what's the big deal?
Green seeds cause financial harm to farmers and oil producers.
Our solutions were not only made with end users in mind,end users were involved in every step of the design.
This is human centered design.
See how we addressed each area of the canola oil pipeline by exploring the six areas below
We conducted in-depth conversations with professionals from both the academic and agricultural community in Alberta
We created tools and mechanisms to help canola farmers, graders and crushers
Computer modelling informed experimental design through every step
We developed tools to codon-optimize hard-to-synthesize sequences and a genetic algorithm based on GROMACS to increase protein stability.
We meticulously documented methods and protocols used throughout the project
We engaged with the local community. Spreading our knowledge and eliciting public feedback.