Nova Scotia Agricultural College has been awarded nearly $42,000 from Innovacorp in support of two important research projects led by Drs. Zaman and Rupasinghe.

Innovacorp’s Early Stage Commercialization Fund helps move Nova Scotia university and community college research to market by assisting the academic community in the pursuit of commercialization opportunities.

Dr. Richard Donald, vice president of research, extension and outreach at NSAC, welcomed the investment. “Problem solving research that addresses the leading issues facing agriculture is critical to the future sustainability of the industry,” he said. “We are grateful to Innovacorp for investing in two of NSAC’s leading researchers.”

Dr. Qamar Zaman is working to develop precision agriculture technologies for Atlantic Canada’s wild blueberry industry that will maximize horticultural profitability and minimize environmental impacts. Dr. Zaman received $31,500 in support of his Variable Rate Sprayer technology.

Dr. Vasantha Rupasinghe’s research involves developing and commercializing innovative, socially and economically acceptable value-added foods, food additives and ingredients, natural health products and other bioproducts from cool climate fruits.

Increased consumption of fruits and vegetables as well as the use of novel food ingredients derived from fruits and vegetables will be important in helping to manage current and emerging health care challenges. Dr. Rupasinghe received $10,000 for the design of a vacuum-based dryer system for his apple chips technology in partnership with Noggins Corner Farm.

NSAC is a specialized university that cultivates learning and research, focusing on improving and sustaining our environment for the health and well-being of society.

Innovacorp helps early stage Nova Scotia companies commercialize their technologies for the global market. The organization is committed to strengthening the province’s post-secondary research commercialization capacity and entrepreneurial activities. The Early Stage Commercialization Fund is supported by Nova Scotia Economic and Rural Development. CLICK HERE for a list of funding recipients of our standard ESCF program for the fall 2010 round.

For more information, contact:

Stephanie Rogers

Truro, Nova Scotia, December 21, 2010