Ontario's Bio Advantage

OMAFRA Funding Promotes Innovative Bioresearch

Ontario is rich with biomass resources. We're recognized around the globe for our leading research in agriculture, food and bioproducts.

The emerging bioeconomy brings exciting new opportunities for Ontario's agriculture, food and rural communities, and feeds the strength and sustainability of the larger economy. The world is watching as biobased economies drive advancements in science and technology, and the growing demand for environmental protection, economic sustainability and energy security.

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) recognizes the vital role of Ontario's emerging biobased sector and supports demand-driven research and development to create and commercialize value-added bioproducts.

OMAFRA supports bioeconomy research focused on bioenergy, biomaterials and biochemicals through three main programs and partnerships.

  • Alternative Renewable Fuels Plus Research and Development Fund
  • New Directions Research Program
  • OMAFRA/University of Guelph Partnership Research Program

Through these programs, OMAFRA encourages research to build on Ontario's biomass resources, scientific capacity, stakeholder needs, and successful partnerships and linkages with key components of the value chain.

OMAFRA Bioeconomy Research Projects

Bioenergy

Note - Projects with an asterisk (*) are on the University of Guelph Website; those with two asterisks (**) are not on the web.

Number

Title

Researcher
Duration

Alcohol Fermentation Using Agricultural Materials by Hyperthermophilic Microorganisms

Dr. Kesen Ma, University of Windsor

2002-2005

Biodiesel: Processes for Converting Agriculturally-Derived Ethanol, Soybean Oil and Waste Animal Fats to Biodiesel Fuel

Dr. David Boocock, University of Toronto

2004-2007

Biofuel from Degradation of Cellulose and Chitin

Dr. Anthony Clarke, University of Guelph

2006-2008

Carbon, Nutrient and Economic Impacts of Miscanthus Production under Ontario Conditions

Dr. William (Bill) Deen, University of Guelph

2008-2011

Combined Heat and Power System Using Cold-Pressed Oilseed Oil

Mr. William Kemp, Powerbase Automation Systems Inc.

2006-2007

Development of High Oil Soybeans for Improving the Production Efficiency of Biodiesel in Ontario

Dr. Istvan Rajcan, University of Guelph

2008-2011

Direct Synthesis of 1,3-Propane Diol from Glycerol Using Transition Metal Based Ionic Hydrogenation Catalysts

Dr. Marcel Schlaf, University of Guelph

2004-2007

Dry Fermentation of Energy Crops and Poultry Manure for Enhanced Biogas Production

Ms. Anna Crolla, University of Guelph, Alfred Campus

2010-2012

Energy from Biofuels for Process Heating and Power Generation

Dr. Andrzej Sobiesiak, University of Windsor

2006-2008

Evaluation of Agricultural Feedstocks for the Production Of Biogas via Anaerobic Digestion

Mr. Ron Fleming, University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus

2008-2011

Evaluation of Biofuel Crops Grown on Marginal Land in Eastern and Northern Ontario

Dr. Ashraf Tubeileh, University of Guelph, Kemptville Campus

2009-2011

Evaluation of Biomass Production, Nutrient Cycling, Harvesting, and End-use of Biofuel Crops in Eastern and Northern Ontario

Dr. Tim Rennie, University of Guelph, Kemptville Campus

2009-2013

Evaluation of Perennial Grass Biomass Systems in Ontario

Dr. William (Bill) Deen, University of Guelph

2009-2012

Experimental Use of Ontario Grown Sorghum (Milo) As 4% Feedstock for a Full Scale Ethanol Plant

Mr. Mark Schwartz, GreenField Ethanol Inc.

2006-2008

Hydrogen Generation from Renewable Waste Product Streams Using Supercritical Water Oxidation

Dr. Paul Charpentier, University of Western Ontario

2004-2006

Improving and Sustaining the Value of Co-Product from Dry Mill Ethanol Production Through the Development of New Markets

Mr. Phil McEwen, University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus

2004-2005

Increased Ethanol Production by Commercial Yeast Strains

Dr. George van der Merwe, University of Guelph

2006-2008

Modular, Containerized Anaerobic Digester Combined Heat and Power System

Mr. William Kemp, Powerbase Automation Systems Inc.

2006-2007

New Homogeneous Ruthenium and Iron-Based Catalysts for The Hydrogenation Of Seed And Pyrolysis Bio-Oils To 2nd And 3rd Generation Bio-Diesel

Dr. Marcel Schlaf, University of Guelph

2008-2011

Optimization of Switchgrass Management For Commercial Fuel Pellet Production

Mr. Roger Samson, Resource Efficient Agricultural Production

2006-2007

Optimizing Energy Production from Anaerobically Digested Manure and Co-Substrates from Medium Size Dairy Farms

Ms. Anna Crolla, University of Guelph, Alfred Campus

2006-2008

Optimizing Energy Production from On-farm Manure Digesters Using Agri-Biofuel Residues as Co-Substrates

Dr. Kevin Kennedy, University of Ottawa

2008-2011

Production of Electricity and Heat from Livestock Manure

Mr. Ron Fleming, University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus

2003-2008

Production of High Cetane Diesel Fuel from Soya Oil

Dr. Jacques Monnier, Natural Resources Canada

2002-2004

Renewable and Alternative Energy Financing Strategy

Mr. William McClounie, ACC Farmers' Financial

2006-2007

Species, Soil Type, and Management Interactions on Profitability and Properties of Biomass for Pellet Production

Dr. William (Bill) Deen, University of Guelph

2008-2011
SR9011**

Sulfur Removal From Bitumen and Tar Sand Fractions Using Biocatalytic Oxidation With Peroxidase Enzyme From Soybean Seed Hulls

Dr. Amarjeet Bassi, University of Western Ontario

1999-2001

Technical and Economic Analysis of Alternative Processes for Agricultural Waste Fueled Solid Oxide Fuel Cell

Dr. Kunal Karan, Queen's University

2004-2005

The Effects of Condensed Distillers' Solubles on Veal Calf Performance, Economic Returns and Carcass Quality

Mr. Phil McEwen, University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus

2004-2005

The Effects of Feeding Sorghum Co-Product from Dry Mill Ethanol Production to Growing and Finishing Feedlot Cattle

Mr. Phil McEwen, University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus

2006-2008

Treatment of Whey Permeate for the Production of Fuel Ethanol

Ms. Anna Crolla, University of Guelph, Alfred Campus

2001-2003

Whole Canola as Alternative Energy Source - Phase 1

Mr. John Rowsell, University of Guelph, Kemptville Campus

2006-2007

Biochemical

Note - Projects with an asterisk (*) are on the University of Guelph Website; those with two asterisks (**) are not on the web.

Number
Title
Researcher
Duration

Acid-, Water-, and High-temperature Stable Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysts for the Deoxygenation of C4-C6 Sugars to Alcohols, Alkenes and Alkanes

Dr. Marcel Schlaf, University of Guelph

2010-2014

Alfalfa as a Bioproduction Platform: Delivery System for Broad-Spectrum Veterinary Vaccine and Development for Future Bioproduct Applications

Dr. Judith Strommer, University of Guelph

2007-2009

Demonstration of Commercial-Scale Efficacy of Soybean Peroxidase For Treatment of Industrial Waste- and Process-Water

Dr. Keith Taylor, University of Windsor

2006-2009

Enabling Identification of Value-Added Components at the Point of Grain Delivery

Dr. Greg Penner, NeoVentures Biotechnology Inc.

2005-2007
26851*

Evaluation of the Feasibility of Integrating SuperStarch™ Technology for the Production of Polysaccharide Nanoparticles with Existing Bioethanol Facilities

Dr. John Dutcher, University of Guelph

2010-2012

Liquefaction of Agricultural Wastes In Supercritical Phenol Production of Phenol-Formaldehyde Resins

Dr. Charles Xu, Lakehead University

2008-2010

Metaproteomic Analysis for Identifying and Engineering of Porcine Gut Symbiotic Bacterial Enzymes for Lignocellulose Degradation

Dr. Ming Fan, University of Guelph

2009-2012

Molecular Pharming in the White Button Mushroom

Dr. Paul A Horgen, University of Toronto at Mississauga

2005-2007

Novel Transition Metal Based Catalysts for the Ionic Hydrogenation of Sugar Alcohols to High Value-Added Petrochemical Building Blocks

Dr. Marcel Schlaf, University of Guelph

2002-2005

Optimizing Value-Capture for Tobacco and Genetically Modified Tobacco Speciality Crop Production

Dr. Chris Hall, University of Guelph

2007-2009

Potential Antimicrobial Proteins for Human Health - Value Added Products from Eggshell Waste

Dr. Max Hincke, University of Ottawa

2007-2009

Production of Novel Industrial Starches Using Waxy-based Cereal Crops

Dr. Michael Emes, University of Guelph

2005-2009

Production of Novel Starches for the Biopolymer Industry

Dr. Ian Tetlow, University of Guelph

2010-2013

Biomaterials

Note - Projects with an asterisk (*) are on the University of Guelph Website; those with two asterisks (**) are not on the web.

Number
Title
Researcher
Duration

Industrial-Scale Bioactive Cellulose Filters Using Recombinant Antibodies and Antigens Produced and Purified From Transgenic Tobacco

Dr. Chris Hall, University of Guelph

2006-2009

Novel Materials from Ontario Crop Plants - Linking Agriculture and Manufacturing to Create Value and Enhance Sustainability

Dr. Larry Erickson, University of Guelph, Dr. Leonardo Simon, University of Waterloo and Dr. Mohini Sain, University of Toronto

2005-2009

Evaluating Protein Sources from Natural and Transgenic Plant Sources for Manufacturing Industrial Fibres and Films

Dr. Peter Pauls, University of Guelph

2007-2010
26607**

Engineered Biocomposites from Natural Fibres and Biodegradable Polymers for Transportation Industries

Dr. Amar Mohanty, University of Guelph

2008-2009

Renewable, Recyclable and Lightweight Hybrid Green Composites from Lignin, Switchgrass, Miscanthus and Bioplastics for Sustainable Manufacturing

Dr. Amar Mohanty, University of Guelph

2008-2012

Design and Engineering of Nano-enhanced Biopolyurethanes for Green Manufacturing

Dr. Manju Misra, University of Guelph

2008-2015

New Generation Traits for Field Crops - refining Genes for Fibre Quality in Crop Residues for Biocomposite Manufacture for the Auto Industry

Dr. Peter Pauls, University of Guelph

2010-2013

Light Weight and Recyclable Sustainable Green Composites from Engineered Soy Hull and BioABS for Transportation Applications

Dr. Manju Misra, University of Guelph

2010-2013

Eco-Composites from Corn Cob Derived Thermoset Resin and Biofibre Mats for Housing Panel Applications

Dr. Manju Misra, University of Guelph

2010-2013

Sustainable Biodegradable Green Composites from Distillers' Dried Grains with Solubles (DDGS) and Bioplastics

Dr. Amar Mohanty, University of Guelph

2008-2010

Bioconversion of Ontario Agricultural Fibre Crops

Dr. Mohini Sain, University of Toronto

2003-2005

Development of Plant Fibre Composites for Structural Applications

Dr. Caroline Baillie, Queen's University

2004-2007

Biofibre Genetic Profiling and Breeding Program

Mr. John Baker, Stonehedge Bioresources Inc.

2006-2010

Co-Injection Molded Biodegradable Green Composites from Engineered Biomass-based Biofibers and Bioplastics

Dr. Amar Mohanty, University of Guelph

2008-2011

New Value-Added Biomaterials from Waste Streams of Biodiesel Industries and Polylactides (PLA)

Dr. Amar Mohanty, University of Guelph

2008-2011

Synthesis of Carbon Nanostructures from Undervalued and Waste Lignin and their Uses in Polymer Nanocomposites

Dr. Manju Misra, University of Guelph

2008-2011

Hierarchical Green Nano-Biocomposites for Light weight and Efficient Wind Turbine Blades

Dr. Manju Misra, University of Guelph

2010-2012

New Biodegradable Cell Phone Case from Renewable Resource-based Nano- Biocomposites

Dr. Amar Mohanty, University of Guelph

2010-2012

Bioeconomy Policy

Note - projects marked with an asterisk (*) are hosted on the University of Guelph Website; those with two asterisks (**) are not on the web.

Number
Title
Researcher
Duration

Can Ontario Soybean Farmers Capture Value From Increased Bioproduct Demand?

Dr. Alfons Weersink, University of Guelph

2006-2008

Land Use and Policy Impacts of the Transition to a Green Economy

Dr. Alfons Weersink, University of Guelph

2009-2010

Evaluation of the Economic and Sustainability Implications of a Lignocellulosic Ethanol Industry for Ontario: An Augmented Life Cycle Assessment

Dr. Heather L. MacLean, University of Toronto

2002-2003

Assessment of the Environmental and Sustainable Performance of Biodiesel in Canada

Dr. Albert Chan, National Research Council of Canada

2002-2004

Economic Effects of Bioproduct Efforts on Ontario Agriculture

Dr. Alfons Weersink, University of Guelph

2007-2011

Environmental Sustainability of On-farm manure Anaerobic Digestion

Ms. Anna Crolla, University of Guelph, Alfred Campus

2008-2011

The Economics and Feasibility of the Co-Substrates Anaerobic Digestion for Farms in Ontario

Dr. Edward A. McBean, University of Guelph

2008-2010

Life Cycle Analysis Framework and Model for Assessing Life Cycle Impacts and Environmental Sustainability of Ontario Agricultural Feedstocks

Dr. Claudia Wagner Riddle, University of Guelph

2009-2013

Assessment of Availability of Agricultural Biomass for Electricity and Heat Generation in Ontario

Dr. William (Bill) Deen, University of Guelph

2009-2010

Life-cycle Assessment of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Economics of On-Farm Anaerobic Digesters

Dr. Claudia Wagner Riddle, University of Guelph

2009-2012

Identifying Successful Business Models, Strategies and Policies for Promoting the Canadian Bioeconomy

Dr. John Cranfield, University of Guelph

2010-2013

Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and Economic Assessment of Short Rotation Willow (Salix) Crops for Bioenergy

Dr. Andy Gordon, University of Guelph

2010-2013

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E-mail: research.omafra@ontario.ca
Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 9 August 2011
Last Reviewed: 23 March 2015