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Laboratory Focus January 2012

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PHARMACEUTIC AL CLINIC AL CHEMIC AL FOOD ENVIRONMENT Active micro and nano-structured optical spectrometry Page 8 Determining rosuvastatin in human plasma by SPE-LC-MS/MS Page 10 JANUARY 2012 Volume 16, Number 1 R&D News ......................... 1 Appointments .................... 6 Pharma Notes .................... 7 New Products ..................15 Calendar ..........................17 Career Spotlight...............18 NEW MANITOBA AAFC LAB BOLSTERS DEFENCE AGAINST PLANT DISEASES A major upgrade to a laboratory at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Can- ada Research Station in Morden, MB, has resulted in its certification as a Plant Pest Containment Level 3 (PPC3) facility. Originally established in 1989 as a containment lab, pri- marily for research on flax rust, it is the first PPC3 facility to be certified by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency under the new 'Contain- ment Standards for Facilities Han- dling Plant Pests' in Canada. PPC3 is the highest containment level for plant pests. Containment is achieved through the use of special- ized facilities, stringent operational procedures and state-of-the-art equipment. The lab provides the highest level of safety available for both staff and the public. An example of the kind of work scientists are performing in PPC3 containment at the Morden Re- search Station (MRS) is their investigation of Ug99 stem rust, a plant disease that has the po- tential to devastate wheat crops around the world. AAFC scien- tists are accelerating their efforts to characterize new sources of resistance and develop new rust- resistant varieties. This research will give Canadian farmers the capacity to ward off a national disease outbreak resulting in a drop in wheat production. In 2009, the federal government of Canada allocated $250,000 over two years to begin updating the laboratory at MRS. The funding went towards modernizing the controlled environment facility that is used by scientists to conduct re- search on exotic plant pathogens. Crucial additional support of the project came from AAFC's Animal and Plant Health Research Initia- tive under the Growing Forward policy agreement. The renovation was completed in March 2011 and certified in fall. FLORIDA SET TO HOST PITTCON 2012 Inside the PPC3 lab at Morden, AAFC's Dr. Tom Fetch rates wheat plants for their reaction to the pathogen causing Ug99 stem rust. The annual Pittcon Conference & Exposition will be held in Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center March 11-15, 2012. Long known as the gathering place for top minds in science, this world- class conference attracts leaders in scientific and technical innovation. "Pittcon is a most dynamic venue for scientists and researchers to come together in one place to see the newest equipment and learn the latest analytical and measure- Publications Mail Registration Number: 40052410 ment techniques in areas such as food and product safety; environ- mental hazards; homeland security; medical; and drug research and development - all of which impact our everyday lives," says Jon Peace, president of Pittcon 2012. Organizer's say the event is the world's largest annual laboratory science conference and exposi- tion. This year's event will feature an estimated 1,000 exhibitors, Continued on page 3

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