[music] NARRATOR: The Department of
Plant Agriculture at the University of Guelph is Canada’s
largest and most diverse applied plant
biology department. We offer an interdisciplinary
research environment in modern, well-equipped research stations
and laboratories to provide excellence
in graduate education and training. The Master of Science
in Plant Agriculture program offers specialization in four broad fields
of the plant sciences. Students conduct basic and
applied research on topics within these fields based on
their interests and career goals. DENISE: My research is based on plant pathology and
identifying genes that are related to
resistance to diseases and the disease I’m
specifically working with is a really bad cosmetic mark. It doesn’t taste very good.
It doesn’t look very good and so being able
to have resistance to this disease means
that the product that comes out of the field will
be healthier looking. It’ll be better able to be marketed
and the farmers will get a greater profit without
using pesticides to do that. I’m hoping to continue
on in research either within a university
setting or in the industry and the Department of Plant
Agriculture really helped to support that with
giving me lots of different opportunities to
make connections with people within the
industry as well. NARRATOR: Graduates will possess
a strong foundation on which they can
be highly successful in science-related
positions in research government, industry
and consulting. JASON: Currently what we’re
trying to do is bring in LED lights to greenhouses.
The thing with LED lights is they’re much more
energy efficient so we’re hoping to
get them into greenhouses and replace the
high-pressure sodium lights. These LED lights are
cool to the touch so we can put them
very close to the plants and even inside
the plant canopy. Right now the
most interesting part that I’m working
with is LEDs and how they
affect sugar export. We use a
technique that involves radioisotopes to follow
sugars and when they leave the leaf and
it’s very interesting to see the different
export rates based on the colours of
lights that we are giving to these leaves.
At the higher light intensities we are seeing
a much higher rate of export than
we would see at the lower
light intensities. After I graduate
I plan to continue my research hopefully
in a government setting or a privatized
industry setting. I would also like
to continue my research on this plant export
and sugar export patterns of these plants.
It does really interest me based
on the biochemical analysis that we’re
able to do. NARRATOR: Plant Agriculture scientists
at the University of Guelph have broadly impacted
the daily lives of growers, consumers and industry
in Canada and throughout
the world. Our faculty includes
internationally recognized researchers.
Plant Ag graduate programs have strong connections
with industry leaders allowing students to
attain field-work experience during
their program and professional opportunities
once they graduate. RICKI: My research is on
an endangered species so what I’m trying to do is bring it back
from the brink of extinction and by doing this,
by using micropropagation and cryopreservation
and with other tools available to me,
not only do we get to learn
more about this species, which not a lot
is known about, but we can
increase the population here in Canada. I was also given the
opportunity to be a TA here at the
University of Guelph which was a lot of
fun and I got to learn a lot about teaching
and interacting with students. One of the things
that’s really nice about the Department
of Plant Agriculture is how well the
graduate students seem to get along.
We get together. We have different events
and I’ve made a lot of friends and
met a lot of people here. NARRATOR: Several scholarships are
available to support our students. In addition, there are
numerous Research and Teaching
Assistantship opportunities for graduate students. Plants provide food,
raw materials, and a healthy environment
and are the cornerstone for life on earth. The Master of Science
in Plant Agriculture program provides the fundamental
knowledge needed for understanding and
enhancing plant life. [music]