CTV News Ottawa: Tapping into the science of Maple Syrup

A field test would help producers, but research was required.
Eloy Jose Torres Garcia, a senior Fanshawe College undergraduate and Mitacs intern, led a team of researchers at Fanshawe and Agriculture Agri-Food Canada with the mission to solve this age-old problem.

“Buddy wastes time, fuel, and money,” says Eloy Jose, a Colombian microbiologist and biotech undergrad. “Companies can’t afford to throw away an entire batch. If you can develop a test for it, you can save a lot of money.”

Before a buddy test can be created, the research team had to isolate the problem. A new partnership between Mitacs and the OMSPA provides independent producers with access to important research findings, like what causes buddy sap, potentially saving the industry millions.



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