Saskatoon's Global Institute for Food Security recruits world leader in crop research

December 4, 2015

The Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) in Saskatoon has recruited as its first research leader Tim Sharbel, an internationally renowned plant scientist from Germany whose research into a cost-effective way to produce seeds without pollination could improve agriculture and help combat global hunger. Originally from Montreal, Sharbel comes to the U of S and GIFS from Gatersleben, Germany, where he was a group leader and principal investigator at the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research for the past 10 years. “With Saskatchewan producing more than 40 percent of the world’s lentils and Canada exporting over 20 million tonnes of wheat each year, as well as being the world’s largest exporter of canola, the benefits of this research to Canadian farmers, if successful, could be immense,” said Maurice Maloney, GIFS’ Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer.

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