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October 31, 2012


The 7th Annual Undergraduate Student Research Poster Competition sponsored by the University of Manitoba, Office of the Vice-President (Research) will take place November 1 from 1:00 - 4:30 pm in the Manitoba Room, University Centre.  Posters will be judged by representatives from the university community, industry, government, and community organizations. The awards will be presented at 4:00 p.m. The intent is to provide our students with a venue to showcase the research they have been doing and to experience communication tools used by researchers.  Cash prizes are awarded to the top two posters in each of five categories:  Applied Sciences, Natural Sciences, Health Sciences, Social Sciences/Humanities and Creative Works. This year, an iPad will be presented to the top poster describing qualitative researcher.

An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, November 1 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pmDr. Natalie Björklund, Department of Plant Science, will be presenting “Determining Significance in Microarrays, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly”.  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.

The Economics of Trade, Environment and Resources Conference will take place Friday, November 2, 5:30-9:00 pm and Saturday, November 3, 9:30 am-4:30 pm at St. John's College, University of Manitoba. Dinner and lunch will take place in the Cross Common Room St. John’s College. Presentations will take place in 118 St. John’s College (presentations are open to all). Conference organizing committee includes Ryan Cardwell, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics. For full details visit

The Respect Campaign Collective invites you to attend Ally training. Ally training prepares individuals to identify, speak out, and stand up for a person or group that is targeted and/or discriminated against based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. An Ally works to end oppression by supporting and advocating for people who are stigmatized, discriminated against, or treated unfairly because of who they are. Allies are people who do not necessarily identify as an LGBTTQ person (all people can be an Ally), but support the LGBTTQ community by standing up against homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and heterosexism so all people can live in a safer environment, community and society. Training is on Wednesday, November 7, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm in the UMSU Council Chambers 176 Helen Glass. A working lunch break will be held in order to cover all of the material. Lunch will be provided. To register for either session please go to the LDS website for under list of courses and look under Employment Equity:

You are invited to attend an FAST online seminar entitled "Sodium Intake Reduction: The Challenge for the Food Processing Industry / La réduction de la consommation du sodium: le défi pour l'industrie alimentaire" on Wednesday, November 7, at 12:00 pm CST. The seminar will be presented by Dr. Steve Labrie using the Adobe Connect software. (Attendees will only need a Flash-enabled web browser connected to high-speed internet to participate.) Dr. Labrie is an adjunct professor in the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences at Université Laval, working out of the STELA centre in the Institute of Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods (INAF). This seminar is being presented as part of the FAST program, a joint initiative between Université Laval and the University of Manitoba. To register to attend, please complete the following form by November 5:

An Agribusiness and Ag Economics Department Seminar will be held Wednesday, November 7 at 3:00 pm in Room 252 Agriculture Building.  All are welcome to attend.  Fabio Mattos will present "The Effect of Reference Prices, Previous Performance and Social Interactions on Marketing Decisions Under Uncertainty".

The 17th Annual Fields on Wheels Conference themed "Agribusiness Logistics in Turbulent Times" will be held on Friday, November 9 at the Radisson Hotel Downtown, Winnipeg, Manitoba. It is too late to predict, yet too early to evaluate, how the landmark changes to CWB grain marketing and industry structure (i.e. Viterra) and operations might change. There are many other factors impacting Canadian agribusiness and logistics, many beyond Canadian borders. Fields on Wheels will discuss those this year. Registration fee is $325 Cdn. plus GST per person. For more information and to register, visit

The 9th seminar in the Stu Clark Distinguished Speaker Series will be held Friday, November 9 at 10:30 am in 530 Drake Centre. Guest speaker Dr. Russell Belk, Kraft Foods Canada Chair in Marketing, Schulich School of Business, York University, will present "Extended Self in a Digital World". He will explore the conceptual implications of the digital world for the extended self, an ever-evolving key construct in consumer research.

Ph.D. Oral Examination - Mr. Abdul Salam Dakouri, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Plant Science, will defend his Ph.D. thesis entitled “Genetic Analysis of Leaf Rust Resistance Gene Lr34 in Wheat” on Tuesday, November 13 at 1:30 pm in Room 218 Agriculture Building. Faculty, students, staff, and general public are welcome to attend.

Ph.D. Oral Examination - Mr. Luca Coppi, Ph.D. candidate in the department of Soil Science, will defend his Ph.D. thesis entitled “Nitrogen and Phosphorus in Soil and Groundwater Following Repeated Nitrogen-Based Swine Slurry Applications to a Tame Grassland on Coarse Texture Soil” on Wednesday, November 14 at 1:00 pm in Room 346 Ellis Building. Faculty, students, staff, and general public are welcome to attend.

University Teaching Services is celebrating International Education Week on November 13, 14, and 16.  Three events open to faculty, graduate students and staff will explore experiences of incorporating internationalization into the classroom and cross-cultural initiatives.  Learn more about these events at

Ph.D. Oral Examination - Mr. Aklilu Wake Alemu, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Animal Science, will defend his Ph.D. thesis entitled “Modeling Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Cattle: From Rumen to the Whole-Farm” on Thursday, November 15 in Room 220, Animal Science Building at 9:00 am. Faculty, students, staff and general public are welcome to attend.

The Manitoba Farm Women's Conference themed “The New Face of Rural Life” will be held November 18-20 at the Clarion Hotel in Winnipeg. The event features guest speakers, displays and a banquet. Visit for more information and to download a registration form.

The third seminar in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Seminar Series for 2012-2013 will be held on Wednesday, November 21 at 3:30 pm in the Carolyn Sifton Lecture Theatre, 130 Agriculture Building.  Peter Jones will be presenting "Putting Your Best Food Forward: Role of the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods & Nutraceuticals".  Refreshments will be served at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

On Saturday, November 24 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, join us for the "Food for Thought: Milling Workshop" at the Bruce D. Campbell Farm & Food Discovery Centre to learn about how wheat is grown, milled and baked into bread.  There will be a milling and bread-making demonstration. Join us for lunch following the workshop; bring some fixings for a sandwich and enjoy the bread on us!  Cost is $5, including entrance to FFDC exhibits.  Please call 204-883-2524 or visit for more information.

The Manitoba Rancher’s Forum 2012: Going Beyond the Grazing School is scheduled for November 27 and 28 at the Victoria Inn in Brandon, MB. As the title suggests, the Manitoba Grazing School has been transformed into a new event, which will encompass a broader range of topics focusing on the needs of livestock, forage and grain producers. The Forum includes speaker sessions, a producer panel, a banquet and exhibitor booths. Full details and online registration at

The Manitoba Agronomists Conference will be held December 12 and 13 (this year on WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY) in Room 172 Agriculture Building and via webcast.  This year's plenary session is entitled "Are Crop Rotations Obsolete?".  The cost is $200.  Register by December 5 to take advantage of the early bird rate of $150.  Registration closes December 9.  Register early for Winnipeg as space is limited. Graduate students are invited to attend as well as submit posters.  Poster requirements and deadlines as well as registration information is on the MAC website at


The Faculty was saddened to learn that Allan Chambers, former lecturer and Assistant Director for the Agriculture Diploma Program, passed away on October 21, 2012. In addition to his time with the Faculty, Allan's diverse career included farming, agricultural consulting, and international development, among other roles. He enriched his community and industry, sharing his ideas on a wide range of agricultural issues.

You may recognize one of the faces in the new University of Manitoba national campaign that was launched recently, which shares the transformative stories of faculty, students and staff at our university. Visit to figure out who it is!

Michael Trevan, Dean, recently returned from overseas where he was part of a Agricultural Institute of Canada team that travelled to King Faisal University in Saudi Arabia to assess the accreditation equivalence of their B.Sc. in Food Science and Technology.

At the recent 2012 annual conference of the AACC (American Association of Cereal Chemists) International September 30-October 3 in Hollywood Florida, Trust Beta, Food Science, was recognized for her outstanding services as participant in establishing the official AACC method 14.60.01 "Carotenoid Content of Cereal Grains and Flour" and also as Health & Nutrition 2012 Scientific Track Vice-Chair. Trust also presented several papers co-authored by students and collaborators on "Distribution of total carotenoids and its composition among diverse cereal grain varieties and their fractions determined by spectrophotometry and HPLC", "Novel anthograin instant noodles from purple wheat", "Flavor properties, phenolic profiles and antioxidant capacity of glabrous canaryseed", "The relationship between sorghum and maize bran ferulic acid and diferulic acids with grain hardness", "Effect of semolina replacement with a raw:popped amaranth flour blend on cooking quality and texture of spaghetti".

Martin Nyachoti, Animal Science, was an invited speaker at a conference whose theme was “Think short acting for sustainable antibiotic use in swine and cattle” in Taormina, Sicily from October 16-18. Martin’s presentation was entitled "Gastrointestinal health and function in weaned pigs: The role of nutrition" and was co-authored by Jung-Min Heo, a postdoc in Martin’s lab.

Peter Jones, Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, recently returned from China. His visit included participation at the 2nd China - Korea Joint International Phytonutrient Symposium: New Era of Human Nutrition held October 25-26 in Beijing. As well, he visited Dr. Zhou at the Beijing Vegetable Research Centre regarding project establishment as per the memorandum of understanding signed at the RCFFN 5th  year anniversary event.

Suzanne Vinet, Deputy Minister for Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) visited  the Richardson Centre October 31. The agenda included an overview of the facility, an outline of some of the partnerships that exist between the Centre and AAFC, and a tour of the facility.

Diploma student Brett Sheffield recently spoke at the Take The Leap 4 Rural Entrepreneurship Conference, held in Dauphin on October 22.

The Faculty booth at the student recruitment event Evening of Excellence held last night in University Centre was a big success (thanks in part to the delicious Food Science ice cream we handed out). This event draws high achieving high school students, parents, family, and friends interested in learning more about programs at the U of M.  Big thanks to student ambassadors Laird Lampertz, Katie McNabb and Jen McKay for their help.


Sura,S., Waiser, M., Tumber, V. and Farenhorst, A. 2012. Effects of herbicide mixtures on microbial communities in prairie wetland ecosystems: A whole wetland approach. Sci. Total Environ., 435/436, 34-43.

Trinidade Neto, M.A., F.O. Opapeju, B.A. Slominski, and C.M. Nyachoti. 2012. Ileal amino acid digestibility in canola meals from yellow- and black-seeded Brassica napus and Brassica junceae fed to growing pigs. Journal of Animal Science 90:3477-3484.

Opapeju, F.O., J.K. Htoo, C. Dapoza, and C.M. Nyachoti. 2012. Bioavailability of methionine hydroxyl analogue-calcium salt relative to DL-methionine to support nitrogen retention and growth in starter pigs. Animal 6:1750-1756.

Kiarie, E., A. Owusu-Asiedu, A. Péron, P.H. Simmins, and C.M. Nyachoti. 2012. Efficacy of xylanase and β-glucanase blend in mixed grains and grain co-products-based diets for finishing pigs. Livestock Science 148:129-133.

Visvalingam, J., Holley, R.A. 2013. Adherence of cold-adapted Escherichia coli O157:H7 to stainless steel and glass surfaces. Food Control, 30, 575-579.


Rick Holley, Food Science, was featured in an episode of CBC's Marketplace entitled "High Steaks", which looked at the process of tenderizing steaks. You can catch the episode online at

Michele Rogalsky, School of Agriculture, was quoted in the article "Farm culture needs change" about how the culture of farm safety can be changed for the better. in the Western Producer (October 25). See page 28 -

Fuji Jian, research associate in Biosystems Engineering, talks about the importance of proper grain storage in the article "Avoid spoiled grain" in Grainews (October 22). Read page 9 -


Enter the Farm & Food Discovery Centre Photo Contest - Explore the Farm & Food Discovery Centre from a different perspective—through the lens of your camera! Have a favourite thing to see or do at FFDC? Take a picture of you doing it! All photographs must be taken on the site of the Farm & Food Discovery Centre. Two categories - Adults and Children 12 &Under. Winner of each photo contest category will receive a free one year family membership to the Bruce D. Campbell Farm & Food Discovery Centre, valued at $80.00. Deadline is December 14, 2012. See complete rules and details at



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