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Dave Wolyn pictured with young asparagus sprouts.

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The Research Innovation Office is very pleased to announce that the winner of the 2019 Innovation of the Year prize is the U of G Asparagus Breeding program led by Professor Dave Wolyn, a plant geneticist in the Department of Plant Agriculture. Known for his work with asparagus and Russian dandelions, Wolyn and his team began their work on optimizing a breed of asparagus ideal for cold, northern climates in the 1980’s. The Millennium Asparagus breed that resulted from these efforts is the most popular breed being grown in North America.

Gryphon with "Innovation of the Year Award: Accepting Nominations"

Innovation of the Year Award

The University of Guelph has a long tradition of innovative research with real-world applications. The results can be found on farms, in labs, and even at the ice cream counter. Almost 100 years ago, Dr. Charles Zavitz developed cereal grains that benefited dairy farmers. Just over 50 years ago, Dr. Garnet Johnston developed the popular Yukon Gold potato, and recently Prof.

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Original Post: Chemical Institute of Canada

May/June 2014 | By ROBERTA STALEY


Carbohydrate chemist Mario Monteiro develops vaccines to thwart pathogenic bacteria. His latest challenge may be his biggest yet — creating a vaccine to fight the gastric bugs that cause havoc in the lives of autistic children.

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