Article by Thorold News
Brock University was recently awarded permission to get started on two specific cannabis-related projects that will involve collaborations with local industry partners.
“This research license will expand Brock’s remarkable track record of partnerships that enable the agri-food and biomanufacturing sectors to work with leading researchers and access a talent pipeline of highly trained graduates,” said Vice-President, Research Tim Kenyon. “Brock is committed to supporting the rapidly expanding cannabis industry in Niagara and across the country through research and innovation that improves competitiveness while deepening our understanding.”
Initial research projects will be headed up by Professor of Biochemistry Debbie Inglis and Adjunct Professor of Biological Sciences Sudarsana Poojari. Although it doesn’t fall under Inglis’ work as Director of Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI), it was because of that institute’s reputation in the agriculture industry that led to one of the two new research projects.
“We identified a problem with our plants showing some signs of stress and we instantly knew the researchers at Brock could figure it out,” said Donald Ziraldo, Chairman of Heritage Cannabis Corp., which has partnered with Brock on one of the research projects. “There was no question where we would go.”
Ziraldo is well familiar with the University and the benefits of working with its research institutes. Along with business partner Karl Kaiser, Ziraldo launched Inniskillin Wines in 1975 and helped champion and fund the launch of CCOVI in 1996. It has now grown to be the most important research facility in the country for vine health and cold-weather hardiness research.