Cultivating Excellence: London Greenhouse (Video)

Video Transcript

[An image and a maple leaf appear on screen. This is the title graphic for the video.]

[Light, electronic music fades in.]

Text on screen:
Cultivating Excellence, London Greenhouse Facility

[The video opens with a woman walking in field.]

Dr. Karl Volkmar: Farmers face threats from all sides.

[Picture of diseased corn.]

[Light, electronic music fades continues.]

Diseases...

[Man applied a pest management tag to a unidentified plant.]

...insect pests...

[A close-up shot of the hands of a farmer breaking apart extremely dry dirt.]

[Light, electronic music fades continues.]

...changes in climate.

[Video of the sign outside of the Southern Crop Protection and Food Research Centre.]

Here at the Southern Crop Protection and Food Research Centre...

[The exterior of the research centre building.]

Text on screen:
London, Ontario

...which is a network, one of a network of research centres across the country...

[The shot changes to a medium shot of Dr. Volkmar. He is sitting inside his office at the research centre.]

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...we are proud to say that we have a brand new greenhouse.

[A graphic appears at the bottom of the screen to identify the speaker.]

Text on screen:
Dr. Karl Volkmar, Associate Director, Research, Development and Technology

[The shot changes to show architectural plans from the greenhouse build. As the camera flies around the site for the new greenhouse, walls grow out of the ground to give the impression that it is being constructed.]

[The shot changes to show a view of the greenhouse after completion.]

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And the research that we conduct in the greenhouse helps to address those threats and ensure that farmers can continue to be productive.

[Image changes back to Dr. Volkmar sitting in his office.]

This is a state-of-the-art facility that brings research to a whole new level.

[Inside one of the sections of the greenhouse we can see the automated blinds descending to dim the strength of the light.]

It has maximum flexibility...

[A close-up shot of the moveable grow tables inside the greenhouse.]

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...space efficiency...

[Close-up shots of a worker inserting the drip tubes for an automated irrigation system.]

...automated irrigation and fertilizer systems ...

[A man sitting at a computer screen examining the results that are being recorded from the greenhouse.]

...and full digital tracking of experimental results. Every detail is designed to provide a controlled research environment.

[A man uses a key fob to enter through the security for the greenhouse.]

[Light, electronic music fades continues.]

Text on screen:
Meets highest standard for controlling plant pathogens

[Shot changes to show the exterior of one of the greenhouses drainage tanks.]

Text on screen:
Each zone has a drainage tank to eliminate environmental risk

[Shot changes to show one of the air filtration systems used at the greenhouse.]

[Light, electronic music fades continues.]

Text on screen:
Air intake and exhaust are filtered to contain and exclude pests

[Shot changes to show research technician, Lisa Amyot, standing in one of the laboratories at the reserach centre.]

Text on screen:
Lisa Amyot, Research Technician

Lisa Amyot: Well, we're really excited about the research going on in the new greenhouse.

[Shot changes to shot Lisa and another worker examining a plant inside the greenhouse. They are removing leaves from the plant and putting them in secure tubes for testing.]

Work done here will help many aspects of agriculture and Canadian society.

[Shot changes to show a male scientist examining liquids in several beakers.]

[Light, electronic music fades continues.]

[Shot changes again to show Dr. Marsolais inside a laboratory at the research centre. He is holding a green bowl full of white beans.]

Dr. Marsolais: I'm making these beans healthier so both consumers and industry will benefit.

[Light, white circles appear around the bowl of beans to emphasize it.]

Text on screen:
Making healthier beans

[Shot changes to show Dr. Szczglowski sitting in a laboratory inside the research centre. He is holding scientific equipment.]

Dr. Szczyglowski: I'm helping to reduce crop reliance on industrial fertilizer to save the environment.
[Light, white circles appear around the scientific equipment to emphasize it.]

[Light, electronic music fades continues.]

Text on screen:
Lowering pesticide use

[A woman pushing a cart walks into a laboratory.]

[Shot changes to show Dr. Menassa sitting at a work bench in a laboratory inside the research centre. She has a microscope in front of her.]

Dr. Menassa: I'm developing plant-based animal vaccines to protect Canadian livestock.

[Light, white circles appear around the microscope to emphasize it.]

Text on screen:
Protecting livestock naturally

[Shot changes to show a male scientist standing in a laboratory at the research centre. He is holding scientific equipment.]

Dr. Wang: I'm finding ways to defeat the plum pox virus to help the stone fruit industry.

[Light, white circles appear around the scientific equipment to emphasize it.]

[Light, electronic music fades continues.]

Text on screen:
Defeating Plum Pox virus

[Shot changes to show Dr. Hannoufa sitting at his computer in his office. There are experimental results on his computer screen.]

Dr. Hannoufa: One of the projects I'm working on involves alfalfa improvement...

[Shot changes to show Dr. Hannoufa sitting in a unidentified room.]

Text on screen:
Dr. Ali Hannoufa, Scientist – Alfalfa improvement

...so the goal is to improve the quality and yield of alfalfa, not only as a forage crop for cattle but also as a potential bioenergy crop.

[Shot changes to show a young, female technician pushing a cart with seedlings through the greenhouse.]

Dr. Karl Volkmar: The greenhouse itself is about 600 square metres.

[Shot changes to show to female technicians working in the header house.]

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The header house beside it is 560 square metres.

[Shot changes to show a young, male technician filling grow pots with fresh dirt. The shot then cuts to show him working with corn plants inside the greenhouse.]

And with that, we've tripled the size of overall facility for greenhouse work.

[Shot changes to show Dr. Volkmar sitting in his office at the research centre.]

Because we have that increased capacity, industry and farmers will get the results of our research that much faster as well.

[Shot changes to show a person working with young seedlings.]

Science plays a big role in maintaining our competitive advantage...

[The person plants one of the young seedlings in a pot filled with fresh dirt. The shot pulls out to show the technician working. She is creating labels for the new pots.]

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...and industry benefits through the science that we conduct.

[Shot changes back to show Dr. Volkmar in his office at the research centre.]

The greenhouse provides an opportunity for us to do a whole lot of new things – new innovation, new discoveries, new research – that would I think push the research envelope that much farther forward and support industry and farmers in the region and across Canada.

[Shot changes to show Lisa Amyot working with a plant in the greenhouse.]

[Dr. Hannoufa and Lisa Amyot look to camera and smile.]

[Fade to black.]

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Text on screen:
Modern. Innovative. Growing. Discover other agricultural innovations at www.agr.gc.ca.

[Light, electronic music fades out.]

Text on screen:
Canada, Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, as represented by the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food (2014).

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