Omics and Precision Agriculture Laboratory

The Omics and Precision Agriculture Laboratory (OPAL), currently in a soft launch, is a state-of-the-art laboratory that provides genomics, phenomics and bioinformatics services to Western Canadian producers, in addition to public and private research organizations. With funding from Western Economic Diversification Canada, the GIFS-managed initiative is a collaboration between the University of Saskatchewan, the National Research Council of Canada, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

OPAL is the first laboratory in Canada to provide integrated crop data and precision agriculture technologies to support a wide range of research and commercial stakeholders. The initiative will enable world-class, at-scale capability that can meet the needs of the crop sector and support the agricultural technology innovation ecosystem. The outcome will be accelerated crop breeding, in addition to reduced waste and increased efficiency for agronomists, breeders, producers and other clients.

OPAL combines technologies such as Global Positioning Systems (GPS), remote aerial imaging of plants using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and in-field environmental monitoring with genetic information to provide a complete profile of plant samples. The ability to offer start-to-finish solutions differentiates OPAL from platforms that focus solely on data acquisition or analysis.

For more details and updates on OPAL,  please contact:

Peta-Gaye Burnett
Associate Director, OPAL Technical and Business Development
Email: pete.burnett@gifs.ca