We have established a reputation for applied research excellence in Energy and Environment and emerging capabilities focused on the province’s bioeconomic and bioindustrial sectors. Areas of projected growth include bio/nanotechnological applications for Western Canada’s renewable and non-renewable resource sectors, value-added products from forestry waste streams and epicurean innovation and novel agri-food opportunities.
Alberta’s bioeconomy is directly linked to the agriculture and forestry sector , providing a significant source of raw materials, including agriculture and forestry fibre. Our projects focus on the production of food, feed, bio-based products and bioenergy from renewable, biological resources.
Dr. Jean-Marie Sobze
Dr. Jean-Marie Sobze is the Applied Research Chair in Plant and Seed Technologies, focused on developing practical technologies for plant propagation and seed delivery.
Dr. Paolo Mussone is the Applied Bio/Nanotechnology Industrial Research Chair, working work with industry partners in the resource extraction, environmental remediation and bioeconomy sectors.
Centre for Culinary Innovation
The centre will support the development of new or improved food products, equipment and processes, with a focus on creating tangible value for our industry partners.
Nanotech seeds could kick-start boreal forest regrowth
Researchers at NAIT are turning to nanotechnology to kick-start the growth of native trees and shrubs used to reclaim thousands of former industrial sites in Alberta’s vast boreal forests.