Dr. Mike Dixon formed the Space and Advanced Life Support Agriculture (SALSA) program at the University of Guelph. This program currently represents Canada’s main contribution to the international space science objectives in biological life support and collaborates with NASA, Canadian Space Agency and European Space Agency.
Dr. Mike Dixon is a Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences and Director of the Controlled Environment Systems Research Facility (CESRF), University of Guelph. He served as Chair of the Department of Environmental Biology from 2003-2008. Dr. Dixon joined the University as a NSERC University Research Fellow after earning his PhD from Edinburgh University in Scotland and holding a post-doctoral position at the University of Toronto. As project leader for the Canadian research team investigating the contributions of plants to life support in space, Dr. Dixon formed the Space and Advanced Life Support Agriculture (SALSA) program at the University of Guelph. This program currently represents Canada’s main contribution to the international space science objectives in biological life support and collaborates with NASA, Canadian Space Agency and European Space Agency. The CESRF is among the world’s leading research venues for technology developments and research dedicated to studying plant and microbial interactions in advanced life support systems. The technical “pull” of space exploration has aided the development of a wide range of technologies that have spun off into applications in terrestrial agri-food sectors and most notably the phyto-pharmaceutical (medicine from plants) sector in recent years.
The Centre for Medicinal Plant Health Research will advance our leading horticultural research program to guide Canada and the world into the next century of medicinal plant research. This is impact research that improves life.
March 11, 2020, Indorgro™ Founder, Brad Rubin (left) with Dr. Mike Dixon, agree on the next mission
• Build a dedicated closed-environment research space designed for the multi-disciplinary research and production of medicinal plants;
• Expand our critical mass of researchers, engineers, scientists;
• Acquire advanced research technologies in support of the highest quality plant research;
• Create dedicated cannabis research capacity to support the new and growing cannabis and cannabinoid research industry;
• Develop a body of research that focuses on genetics and breeding, propagation, production, harvesting, compositional analysis, postharvest storage, processing and using cannabis for human and animal health;
• Assist the cannabis industry with developing quality control standards for large-scale indoor/controlled environment production of recreational and medicinal cannabis;
• Provide industry training, technical support and technology transfer;
• Support governments with evidence-based scientific, peer reviewed research to assist with the development and evaluation of regulations and policy;
• Train the next generation of medicinal plant research and policy leaders through advanced experiential learning that shapes the future of medicinal plant research and its broad applications;
• Collaboratively support the growth of agri-food industry, medicinal plant production, and controlled environment food sustainability;
• Lead and influence social, economic, and health policies surrounding the vast medicinal plant industry through knowledge translation, vital partnerships, and quality production.
The University of Guelph’s Ontario Agricultural College is among the world’s leading horticulture research institutes and the undisputed leader in closed environment horticulture systems and integrated pest-management solutions. We have a responsibility to guide Canada and the world towards the future of sustainable medical plant research.
The Controlled Environment Systems Research Facility and its Space and Advanced Life Support Agriculture program are an essential part of Canada’s contributions to plant research and development for space and closed environment-related activities. The prospect of a higher priority for advanced life support research objectives in the Canadian Space Agency’s Long Term Space Plan and the strong support of NASA’s Advanced Life Support (ALS) community provides a clear incentive and opportunity to promote our capabilities in this area. In addition, our ongoing contract with the European Space Agency’s MELiSSA Project promises to expand to include a broader scope of objectives in life support studies.
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