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Omics and Precision Agriculture Laboratory (OPAL)

The Omics and Precision Agriculture Laboratory (OPAL) is our state of-the-art facility that provides comprehensive analyses of microbial, plant and animal samples – delivering crystal clear, actionable data for the agriculture and agri-food sectors. The first of its kind in Canada, OPAL is a one-stop-shop for plant analyses at the molecular level. It combines the digital data analyses of plant genes and traits with the latest precision agtech to improve crop yield, profitability and sustainability in the agri-food sector.

Using some of the latest in agtech, OPAL combines global positioning systems, remote aerial imaging, unmanned aerial vehicles and in-field environmental monitoring—with digital DNA sequence information—to provide clients with a complete profile of microbe, plant and animal samples.

OPAL’s detailed plant analyses can help farmers target their crops with the precise amounts of water, fertilizers and pesticides needed, rather than uniformly spraying these products across their fields. This precision in agriculture means a more efficient use of resources and reduced environmental impact, leading to accelerated crop breeding, less waste, and increased efficiency for breeders, agronomists, producers and other stakeholders.

Learn more about OPAL through our dedicated pages at opal.gifs.ca, via the link below.

We are Open for Business

OPAL is open for business, and ready to serve your needs for detailed and integrated ‘omic’s and precision agriculture services. Reach out to us to learn how we can help at  partnerwithus@gifs.ca