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How tobacco plants can help fight Ebola

The following story about work by a Guelph-based biotechnology company was featured by CTV News on October 18:

As the battle against Ebola continues to ramp up globally, CTV News has learned that an Ontario-based biotech company is working on an unlikely way to fight the spread of the disease.

Biotech company Plantform has been tasked by agencies in both the U.S. and Canada to produce drugs for testing against strains of the Ebola virus other than the one causing the present outbreak in West Africa.

Plantform is also using its unique tobacco-plant based platform to fight other diseases like cancer.

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Ontario’s locally grown citrus

Berries ready for harvestTeeswater ON – You could be in a citrus grove as you stroll amongst swaying branches chock full of brightly coloured orange fruit – but you know you can’t be since you’re in Ontario, a province not known for its citrus-growing climate.

What you’re seeing is sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides L), a unique and hard-to-find superfruit billed as “Ontario’s 100 mile citrus crop”. Continue reading

Using shellfish to clean wastewater

University of Windsor chemist Bulent Mutus

University of Windsor chemist Bulent Mutus

Ontario researchers are testing a new way of removing phosphorus and micro-nutrients from waste water.

Dr. Bulent Mutus, a chemist at the University of Windsor, has developed a bio-filter made from chitosan, the hard material from shellfish.

The filters, which have produced promising results in the lab, are going to be tested this year at three agricultural sites.

You can read the rest of this story, written by Blair Andrews for Farm & Food Care, by clicking here.

Innovative collaboration drives greenhouse project

Greg Devries, a farmer from Chatham-Kent, is hoping to use innovation and a unique Greenhouse tomato grower Greg DeVriespartnership to redefine the greenhouse vegetable industry.

If successful, his efforts could also get people to think about tomatoes in a “greener” way.

Devries is the president of Truly Green Farms, a company that is gradually building a 90-acre greenhouse complex across the road from the GreenField Ethanol plant in Chatham, Ontario.

Click here to read the rest of this story, written by Blair Andrews for Farm & Food Care.