Blooming Good Ideas
In addition to our commercial ventures, AgriForest Bio-Technologies is also engaged in various R&D projects that benefit the agriculture, forestry, and horticulture industries.
A project investigating methods for eradicating soil-borne diseases such as crown and root rot, funded by the National Research Council of Canada, may prove to be very helpful to orchardists who lose an estimated $1.5 million a year in BC alone as a result of these diseases.
With support from the Canadian Forestry Service and the BC Ministry of Forests, AgriForest has carried out a project to develop protocol for the production of superior strains of coniferous trees that will be used to keep our forests green.
Presently, our key focus at AgriForest is horticulture. This is reflected in our products as well as the research we conduct.
Recently, we completed a project on Roses — the most well-loved of landscaping plants. With financial support from the Science Council of BC and the National Research Council of Canada, we have developed tissue culture protocol for producing Roselets™. AgriForest’s tissue culture Roselets™ are very unique compared to traditional roses with respect to their ability to survive the harsh winter conditions of Canada. Furthermore, Roselets™ are true to type from the roots to the blossom and always regrow true to type. Therefore, after a harsh winter, new growth, including suckers, will always reproduce the original rose.
A project currently being conducted in the company’s newly expanded and renovated laboratory facilities involves one of the most spectacular and popular groups of flowering plants — Clematis.
Over the last three years AgriForest, a leading supplier of tissue culture Clematis to wholesale nurseries in both Canada and the US, has been engaged in the research and development of tissue culture protocol for several important Clematis varieties. Commercial production of high demand varieties such as Armandii and Sieboldii, has proven to be difficult due to a slow rate of multiplication, problems in root development, and poor survival in greenhouse conditions. Furthermore, the nursery propagation of Clematis through conventional methods is problematic due to the incidence of Clematis stem rot disease. This project, funded by the National Research Council of Canada, aims to overcome these problems using tissue culture technology in an attempt to meet the requirements of the horticulture industry. The successful completion of this project will result in the commercial production of several new Clematis introductions in order to meet existing industry demand.
At AgriForest, our philosophy is one of constant improvement. We are always looking for new, innovative ways of helping the industry grow. We welcome your comments or suggestions about potential projects or areas for further research!