UoGuelph opens plant-preservation facility

June 26, 2014

The University of Guelph has officially opened a state-of-the-art cryopreservation facility, located at the Gosling Research Institute for Plant Preservation (GRIPP). The new facility will allow researchers to freeze living tissue from endangered plants for future use. “This novel facility will help prevent the loss of plant diversity, which is critical to sustaining the planet,” said VP Finance and Administration Don O'Leary. GRIPP’s founders, Philip and Susan Gosling, have donated another $2 million towards the institute, creating a professorship in integrated plant production systems, the Gosling Chair in Plant Conservation, and the Gosling Foundation Plant Conservation Endowment to fund research, education and training. “GRIPP can make a difference. We can do research on conservation, we can start developing and cloning disease-resistant plants, and we can repopulate devastated areas,” said Susan Gosling.UoGuelph News Release