Congratulations to Claudia Wagner-Riddle
University of Guelph scientists conducting cutting-edge research in climate change and subatomic physics received more than $3.2 million in federal support today.
The funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) will support two large U of G-led projects and a multi-university physics initiative involving Guelph that may yield new cancer treatments.
“This vital investment will allow our talented researchers to continue to push the boundaries of knowledge, answering fundamental questions while also making critical new discoveries,” said John Livernois, interim vice-president (research).
In total, CFI announced more than $256 million in funding today for 52 research institutions across Canada through the CFI’s Innovation Fund, with an additional $77 million to operate and maintain research infrastructure.
Prof. Claudia Wagner-Riddle, School of Environmental Sciences, said receiving $1-million for a project to improve agro-ecosystems under climate change was “truly exciting,” especially because 2015 is the International Year of the Soil.
She will build a new controlled-environment facility that will be the first of its kind in North America. Researchers will study soils year-round and use state-of-the-art instruments to look at trace amounts of gas as well as water quality and soil biodiversity.
Guelph has a long tradition of excellence in soil science, Wagner-Riddle said. “The novel field soil mesocosm system will provide our team with the potential to radically change our understanding of soil ecosystem processes that lead to enduring soil health and provide the knowledge needed for soil security in a changing climate,” she said.
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