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July 12, 2012


The 2012 Manitoba Crop Diagnostic School is now on, running July 10-13 and July 16-20 at the Ian N. Morrison Research Farm near Carman.  For more information on the event or to register, please call (204)745-5663 or visit

A Special Food Science Seminar will be held on Monday, July 16 at 2:00 pm in the Carolyn Sifton Lecture Theatre, Room 130 Agriculture Building. Dr. Sinisa Vidovic, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization, University of Saskatchewan, will present "Stress Physiology and Molecular Epidemiology: Microbial Linkage with Food Safety"

Join Manitoba Farmers with Disabilities on Thursday, July 19 for a workshop with Gerry Friesen of Signature Mediation. In Gerry's presentation "Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda", he will share with you his agricultural experiences, life lessons and present to you methods that can help increase your productivity, safety and wellness on your farm or place of business. Light breakfast from 8:30 am - 9:00 am and presentation from 9:00 am-noon with lunch provided by Danny's Whole Hog. This workshop is sponsored by CASA, Danny’s Whole Hog, Diamond Shelters/Dueck’s Mechanical Inc., Golden West Radio and Wawanesa. This workshop is free so get your tickets early. For more information or to reserve your tickets by July 13, please contact Justin Morison, Program Development Officer, at 204-750-2183/

The Plant Science Graduate Student Association invites you to attend their annual summer charity barbeque on Thursday, July 19 at 4:30 p.m. at the Plant Science Field Station ("The Point" located at the southeast corner of campus off of Freedman Crescent along the Red River). All students, staff, Faculty members and friends are welcome to attend. We have planned a great event for everyone to enjoy a good meal and catch up with friends and colleagues during the busy summer season. The event is sponsored in part by Danny's Whole Hog and the University of Manitoba Alumni Association. All proceeds will be going to Agriculture in the Classroom. Tickets ($10) are available in advance from Christy Doyle (Plant Science main office), Lynda Closson (Soil Science main office) and Carol Schlamb (Animal Science main office). See you there!

Join us for Ecological and Organic Farming Systems Field Day on Monday, July 23 at the University of Manitoba Ian N. Morrison Research Farm located in Carman, Manitoba (1.8 km west of the junction of #3 and #13).  The day starts with coffee and registration at 9 am and the tour will run from 9:45 am - 3:30 pm. Registration: $15 (includes lunch). Pre-registration is appreciated. Contact Bev at 204-474-8563 or by Wednesday, July 18 to register.

The Ian N. Morrison Research Farm Crop Tour and Open House will be held Wednesday, July 25. The half-day tour will encompass research projects in weed management, pathology, stress physiology, breeding and soil fertility. Register and have a cup of coffee from 9:00 to 9:30 am.  The field tour will run from 9:30 am to 12 noon, and lunch will be provided following the tour. There is no cost for this event and everyone is welcome to attend.

The 23rd North American Prairie Conference will be held at the University of Manitoba, August 6-10. Keynote speakers include Wes Jackson, Sharon Batula, David Young, Dave Daniels and Candace Savage.  For more information, visit

The 2012 Soil & Manure Management Field Clinic will be held August 10, 9:00-4:00, at the Glenlea Research Station. A total of 6 CEUs (tentative) available. Topics include applying manure at P-based (low) rates, in-crop application, composting, flocculants in solid-liquid separation. Special guest speaker Bryan Woodbury, USDA, Nebraska on electrical conductivity - innovative uses and limitations. Contact Mitchell Timmerman for more information or to register - or 793-8288.

Manitoba Soil Science Society Summer Tour is set for August 16. Details to come, watch their site at

The 12th Annual University of Manitoba All-Staff Golf Tournament and Fundraiser for the Student Food Bank will be held at the new Southwood Golf and Country Club on Monday, August 20 from 1 pm to 8 pm. Entry fee is $440 per team of 4 ($110 per person). Participation is open to current University of Manitoba employees only and approved affiliates.  Highlights of the tournament include a $10,000 hole-in-one prize, Texas scramble, best ball format, prizes awarded for men’s and women’s longest drive and closest to the pin on a par 3 and a beef sirloin buffet including vegetarian options and prize draws (everyone gets a prize!). Southwood Golf and Country Club dress code is in effect.  Please visit their website for more information: To register contact Chris Bohonis (Security Services) at 474-8630 or

On October 7, 1812, near what is now the Disraeli Bridge in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Miles Macdonell, the Governor of Assiniboia, helped to plant the bushel and a half of wheat that he had brought from Scotland. The 200th Anniversary of the Red River Selkirk Settlement is being celebrated in 2012 and a number of events are planned in September to coincide with the visit of the current Lord of Selkirk.  Some of these include Bargefest - Red River Gathering at The Forks, August 31 - September 2; the Arrival Ceremony, Laverendryé Park, September 4 and the Bicentenary Gala Dinner, Winnipeg Convention Centre, September 8. Visit their website for details on these and other great events at (Watch their commercial at  An Agricultural Sub-Committee for the Bicentenary has been formed and in addition to planning special events, is developing a legacy documentary project on Manitoba's agricultural history with PBS. Stay tuned for more details!

The 2012 University of Manitoba Homecoming will be from September 13-15 this fall. The Faculty is hosting an Open House at the Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre on Friday, September 14 from 1 pm to 4 pm. All are welcome!

The Farm and Food Discovery Centre will also once again take part in Open Farm Day on September 16. The Centre will be open to the public from 10 am to 4 pm. This province-wide event connects the public directly to farmers, ranchers and market gardeners, and provides the opportunity to learn more about farm life and Manitoba food production. See the complete range of available tour stops at
The Institute of Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods (INAF) of Université Laval initiated BÉNÉFIQ, the first international forum on Health Ingredients which will take place in Quebec City on September 25-27, 2012. BÉNÉFIQ is meant not only as a forum for discussion, exchange and knowledge transmission, but as a key catalyst for the global health food and ingredients sector. BÉNÉFIQ boasts a distinctive program featuring internationally renowned speakers, a commercial exhibition on avant-garde food and ingredients, and a Tech Transfer Place for technological innovations and personalized business meetings (English is the current spoken language).  We invite you to visit BÉNÉFIQ’s website for all the details.


We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Support Staff Awards: Laurene Davy, Dean’s Office (Administrative Support Category), nominated by Martin Scanlon; and Robert Lavallee and Dale Bourns, Biosystems Engineering (Technical Support Category), nominated by Danny Mann. Nominees for the awards also included Wendy Kramer, Student Services, nominated by Sue Clayton and Crystal Jorgenson; Alicia Franco-Espinosa, Internationally Educated Agrologists Program, nominated by Brian Amiro; and Carola Lange, Food Science, nominated by Trust Beta, Gary Fulcher and Martin Scanlon. All nominees and nominators were acknowledged at a recent Animal Science BBQ – many thanks to Animal Science for hosting the event. Congratulations to each of you - your support helps make the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences an outstanding workplace!

Ed Tyrchniewicz, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, will be inducted into the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame today in Portage la Prairie. He, along with the late Agricultural Engineering professor Herb Lapp and Faculty alum Hayden Tolton, will join the ranks of others that have made a significant and lasting contribution to agriculture in Manitoba during their lifetime. Read more at

Two of four students selected for the 2012 Manitoba Beef Producers bursaries have connections with the Faculty. Keith Johnson of Komarno, MB plans to enter the Faculty this fall. Michel Rey of St. Claude, MB, is entering a M.Sc. in Animal Science. Each bursary winner will receive $500 toward his or her studies. The selected students are all children of active Manitoba beef producers. Congratulations Keith and Michel!

Paula Parks, Plant Science,  is on her way to the London Olympics as one of 10 Technical Officials appointed to Women’s Field Hockey. Paula is one of two technical officials appointed from Canada, with the remainder coming from Argentina, Korea, France, Australia, Wales, South Africa and The Netherlands.  There are 12 teams in the competition (unfortunately Canada did not qualify) with the first day of matches starting on July 29.  The games run until August 10 - when the classification and medal matches will be played.    If you see any aerial shots of the Olympic Park - look for bright blue fields (with lovely fuschia runoff areas) at Riverbank Arena - this will be the site of the Field Hockey competition.  Paula will be sitting at the technical table located between the two team benches.....if you look closely - she will be waving!

Hassna Alkher and Abdelwahed Naoui, Plant Science graduate students, presented two oral presentations at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Phytopathological Society, which was held in Niagara Falls ON, June 24-27 . Their presentations were titled: "Pathogenic diversity of Manitoba isolates of Phytophthora infestans on potato and tomato" and "Genetic Diversity of Entomosporium mespili in the Canadian Prairies", respectively.

Fouad Daayf, Plant Science, has become President of the Canadian Phytopathological Society.

The Department of Food Science participated at the 2012 Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting and Food Expo held June 25-28 in Las Vegas, NV. Constance Chiremba, a University of Pretoria Ph.D. food science student co-supervised by Trust Beta, Food Science, presented on “Microwave assisted extraction of bound phenolic acids from sorghum and maize bran” under the George F. Stewart International Division Competition on 25 June. This work was completed at the University of Manitoba. Other presentations included: “Evaluation of Flavor Properties of Canaryseed Grain using Electronic nose” (co-authored by Li, W., and Beta, T.) and “An evaluation of phenolic profiles, antioxidant capacity and carotenoid levels of glabrous canaryseed” (co-authored by Li, W., Qiu, Y., and Beta, T.)

Jared Carlberg, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, was in Nova Scotia recently and visited two co-operatives during his time there. The first was the East Coast Organic Milk Co-operative (ECO Milk), a new dairy co-op slated to have locally produced organic milk on Nova Scotia store shelves by this September. The second was Scotian Gold, a co-op in Coldbrook, Nova Scotia that has been marketing apples internationally and overseas on behalf of producer-members for over 50 years. Scotian Gold markets over 115 million apples per year—enough to stretch 5,000 miles if the apples were placed side-to-side!

Filiz Koksel, Food Science Ph.D. student, will attend the 14th ICC Cereal and Bread Congress and Forum on Fats & Oils, in Beijing, China August 6-9.

The Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals (RCFFN) hosted NAAMO (North American Agricultural Marketing Officials) Program on July 10. Included in the agenda were presentations by Manitoba Agri-Health Research Network (MAHRN), Canadian Centre for Agri-food Research in Health and Medicine (CCARM) and the Food Development Centre.  This was followed by a  tour  of RCFFN and a panel discussion with Colleen Dyck – The Great Gorp Bar, Margaret Hughes – Best Cooking Pulses,  Kelly Beaulieu – Canadian Prairie Garden Puree and Gordon Carson - Granny’s Poultry.

Last newsletter, we mistakenly reported that Jitendra Paliwal, Biosystems Engineering, will be heading out on six-month leave from July 1 to December 31. Jitendra is in fact NOT going on leave at this time.


El Hadrami A, El-Bebany AF, Yao Z, Wang X, Adam LR, El Hadrami I, Daayf F 2012. Plants versus fungi and oomycetes: pathogenesis, defense and counter-defense in the proteomics era. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 13 (in press) doi:10.3390/ijms130x000x.

El-Bebany AF, Alkher H, Adam LR, Daayf F 2012. Vegetative compatibility of Verticillium dahliae isolates from potato and sunflower using nitrate-nonutilizing (nit) mutants and PCR-based approaches. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology (in press).

Henriquez MA, Adam LR, Daayf F 2012. Alteration of secondary metabolites' profiles in potato leaves in response to weakly and highly aggressive isolates of Phytophthora infestans. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 57:8-14.

Liu Z, Hirani AH, McVetty PBE, Daayf F, Quiros CF, Li G 2012. Reducing progoitrin and enriching glucoraphanin in Brassica napus seeds through silencing of the GSL-ALK gene family. Plant Molecular Biology 79:179-189.

Dihazi A, Jaiti F, Taktak W, Kilani Feki O, Jaoua S, Driouich A, Baaziz M, Daayf F, Serghini MA 2012. Use of two bacteria for biological control of bayoud disease caused by Fusarium oxysporum in date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L) seedlings. Plant Physiology and Biochemsitry  55:7-15.

Sabra A, Adam LR, Daayf F, Renault S. 2012. Salinity-induced changes in caffeic acid derivatives, alkamides and ketones in three Echinacea species. Environmental and Experimental Botany 77:234-241.

Sabra A, Daayf F, Renault S. 2012. Differential physiological and biochemical responses of three Echinacea species to salinity stress. Scientia Horticulturae 135:23-31.


Ryan Cardwell, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, was quoted in the article "Is local food bad for the economy?" on ( The article examines the book The Locavore’s Dilemma, which argues that the local food movement will destroy our economy and ultimately our environment.


Agriculture Lecture Block Foundation Repairs - Please be aware that PCL will be repairing and restoring the foundation/membrane around the Agriculture Lecture Block building starting next week and will last for approximately 10 weeks. The north side of the building (facing the street) will be closed off to remove the front steps.  Access to the building is still available from the back side facing the parking lot.

Campus Pub is Back - The Hub is the new campus pub at the University of Manitoba, located on the 3rd Floor of University Centre. Open Thursday through Sunday, The Hub, features a creatively designed beverage menu, a unique twist on traditional pub fare, and live entertainment every night for everyone to enjoy. The Hub Pub is owned and operated by the University of Manitoba Students’ Union and is open to everyone, no membership required! Check out their hours, menu and more at

Agriculture in the Classroom Seeks Volunteers - AITC Manitoba invites you to join them as volunteer at their upcoming Amazing Agriculture Adventure in Winnipeg September 11-13, at Glenlea Research Station, Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre and Kelburn Farm.  This is a hands-on, interactive event geared to the Grades 4 and 5 Science curriculum. Over 1000 students move through eighteen interactive stations covering a variety of agriculture topics. AITC-M will need classroom hosts each day to tour the students and teachers through the stations. In addition, they need volunteers to help at various stations. They also need a couple of people each day to look after the volunteer area. To volunteer, please contact Diane at (204) 471-9698 or


AG e-news is e-mailed bi-weekly to members and friends of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the University of Manitoba. Email Crystal Jorgenson with your news or get in touch with your department AG e-news rep:

    Agribusiness: Barb Hewitt 9259
    Animal Science and Entomology: Mei Ding 6125
    Biosystems Engineering: Debby Watson 6033
    Food Science: Allison Cranmer 9621
    Plant Science: Bev Godard 8563
    Soil Science: Lynda Closson 8153

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