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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

Farming with the Biotech Edge - What
Fungi can do for the World’s Crops

John Cross
Philom Bios Inc., Saskatoon

Microbes have been both friend and foe for food producers since the beginning of time - friends as drivers of natural processes to prepare nutritional foodstuffs, and foes as disease-causing agents. Both fungi and bacteria are used in agriculture to give plants better access to nutrients and improve fertility. Known as inoculants, and normally applied as seed treatments, these products put more grain in the bin for farmers, and bring real environmental benefits. The presentation will focus on the problems and potential of this exciting field.

John Cross is President and Chairman, of Philom Bios Inc., a Canadian-owned company that has developed and commercialized two "world-first" inoculant products now in use by Prairie farmers. A master's graduate in chemical engineering (University of Western Ontario), he has pursued an outstanding career in the development of new products for the fermentation, food, beverage, dairy and animal feed industries. He was named Entrepreneur of the Year, Prairie Region, in Science and Technology in 1995, and received the first Agribusiness Leadership Award from the Saskatoon and District Chamber of Commerce in 1998.

Simultaneous translation will be provided.

--the Speaker of the Senate, the Hon. Gildas Molgat
--the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Hon. Gilbert Parent
--Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)

DATE: Thursday, April 13, 2000 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am