Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
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- Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is responsible for policies governing the production, processing, and marketing of all farm, food, and agri-based products. AAFC provides leadership in the growth and development of a competitive, innovative and sustainable Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector.
Within its Science and Technology Branch, AAFC maintains collections of living and preserved biological material. These add up to millions of physical holdings of insects, plants, fungi, bacteria, and nematodes as well as plant and animal reproductive material. The data from these AAFC collections supports Canada's capacity for science-based decision-making by helping scientists predict new potential threats, better understand the origin, movement and migration patterns of pests and pathogens, and predict new potential pest threats that could emerge.