Applied Research and Innovation Projects 


Current Projects

Identification of native pollinators for increasing berry production in a northern climate

Identifying native pollinators in the two orchard sites.

Assessing the shelf life of trees killed by spruce beetle

Determining the fibre quality in spruce beetle-attacked stands.

An enhanced biomass gasification system for power generation

This project is a unique opportunity for CNC to enhance its applied research capability in the field of renewable energy with focus on biomass substitution for fossil fuels used for heat and electricity generation.

BC Housing – Thermal Index

This project is an inexpensive empirical method for determining the total thermal resistance of a house.

Developing an empirical method to calculate the total thermal resistance of a building and research the effect of solar radiation, wind, humidity and inside reflective insulation on heat loss in existing residential construction.

Industrial Research Chair – Forest Health

Research Chair, Richard Reich, has conducted extensive research and development in forest pathology over the past 26 years, and the focus of initial research on stem rust diseases on lodgepole pine trees and armillaria root disease. He will work closely with forest companies and collaborating scientists from government and academia to develop innovative tools that will help mitigate the impacts of forest diseases on the productivity and resilience of young managed forests in British Columbia.


Increasing production of willow energy crops through off-grid irrigation and biosolids fertilization

Researching the effect of off-grid irrigation and biosolids fertilization on willow energy crops. This project will benefit the green energy sector with researching ways of diversifying and enhancing energy crop production for establishing long-term supplies of carbon neutral biomass feedstock, while providing environmental solutions for wastewater disposal and land remediation.

Developing a hydroponic technology to increase local food projection capacity in northern British Columbia

This study, conducted at our Quesnel Campus, is an innovative approach to developing and commercializing an industrial-scale hydroponics system.

Developing a “mezzanine’ grow system for doubling seedling grow capacity of conventional greenhouse

Developing vertically staged growing technology allowing a conventional greenhouse to grow on two levels, doubling capacity.
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