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MPP Lou Rinaldi Tours Trentís Leading Research and Teaching Facilities
May 5, 2007

Dr. Neil Emery and MPP Lou RinaldiLou Rinaldi, MPP of Northumberland and Parliamentary Assistant for the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, participated in a three-hour tour of Trent University on May 22 to learn more about the extensive impact of the research taking place on campus.

Accompanied by President Bonnie Patterson, Mr. Rinaldi had a chance to go "behind the scenes" to explore some of the University’s state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities, including the new DNA Building and the Worsfold Water Quality Centre. While touring these specialized labs and learning environments, Mr. Rinaldi was briefed on the important work conducted by Trent faculty studying environmental contamination, forensic science and DNA profiling.

A highlight during his tour was the opportunity to view Trent’s new high-tech greenhouse in the DNA Building, capable of regulating temperature and humidity levels within 1 °C. Mr. Rinaldi discussed the potential global impact of the legume research conducted here with Associate Professor Neil Emery, one of the world’s leading experts in the study of plant hormones. Prof. Emery hopes that by increasing the yields of these highly-nutritious plants, such as lentils, peas and chick peas, Canada can become a leading competitor in the global grain legume market.

In addition to the exciting agricultural projects under development at Trent, Mr. Rinaldi met with Chris Davies, manager of the Wildlife Research and Development Section of the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) to discuss the University’s partnership with the Ontario government in wildlife conservation efforts. Trent and the MNR are collaborating on several province-wide projects, such as species reintroduction, poaching enforcement, rabies management and developing conservation strategies for endangered plant and animals.

Mr. Rinaldi’s tour concluded with a presentation about the Trent-based International Consortium on Anti-Virals and the DNA Cluster. The MPP visitation program is part of a more proactive government relations plan being developed by the University to build relations with elected officials and identify new opportunities for partnership.



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