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Environmental Genomics

Environmental genomics is the study of genes to characterize biological components of the environment. It is a novel application of genomics that has the potential to enhance or replace conventional approaches to environmental assessment and monitoring. Because of the sensitivity of this approach and its reduced environmental sampling complexity, environmental genomics has the potential to provide robust and more complete biodiversity information at a faster and cheaper rate than the conventional approaches.

ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company and Petroleum Research Newfoundland and Labrador hosted the first International Workshop on Environmental Genomics: Understanding the State of Science and Research Opportunities, in St. John’s, NL on June 2-3, 2016. The workshop was also supported by Genome Atlantic, the Research and Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Government of Canada (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and Industry, Science and Economic Development).

This workshop included leading experts in environmental genomics from international oil and gas companies, academic institutions, as well as governmental institutions from Canada, the United States, Europe, South America, Asia and Australia. A full workshop report is being prepared and will be made publicly available.

Please visit the 2016 workshop page HERE for more information on the agenda as well as to obtain a copy of the workshop report.

Information about the 2017 workshop which will be held June 8-9 2017 in St. John's is located HERE and contains the current schedule as well as a link to the registration form.

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