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February 7, 2013


An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, February 7 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pm.  Dr. Rob Duncan, Plant Science, will be presenting “Everything's Bigger in Texas Agriculture”. All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.

The University of Manitoba Water Environment Federation would like to invite you to next presentation in the series of Meetings with UMWEF. Greg McCullough, University of Manitoba, will give a talk about "Climate, flooding and phosphorus in Lake Winnipeg" on Thursday, February 7 at 4:00 pm in Room E2-160, EITC. Panel discussion with Drs. McCullough, Michael Stainton and Jan Oleszkiewicz will follow; coffee and cookies provided.

Ph.D. Oral Examination - Robert Parsons, Biosystems Engineering, will present "Selective Break‐Down of Flax Shive for the Recovery of High‐Value Bio‐Products"  on Monday, February 11, at 12:30 pm in 339A University Centre.

A Department of Entomology Seminar will be held on Tuesday, February 12 in Room 220 Animal Science/Entomology Building at 10:10 am.  Hooman Namin, Entomology M.Sc. candidate, will be presenting “Molecular identification and phylogenetic relationships of the black-legged Ochlerotatus (Diptera: Culicidae) species.”.  Refreshments served at 10:00 am.

A Human Nutritional Sciences Graduate Seminar entitled "An Investigation of Cholesterol Lowering and Antiatherogenic Properties of Northern Wild Rice (Zizania alustris L.) in Combination with Phytosterols in LDLReceptor-Knock-Out (LDL-r-KO) Mice" will be presented by Maha Al-Saif, M.Sc. candidate, Human Nutritional Sciences, on Tuesday, February 12 at 3:00 pm in 207 Human Ecology Building.

The fifth seminar in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Seminar Series will be held on Wednesday, February 13 at 3:30 pm in the Richardson International Auditorium, 172 Agriculture Building.  Ying Chen, Biosystems Engineering, will be presenting "Agricultural Engineering Achievements that Changed the World".  Refreshments will be served at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Family Fun Day for Faculty & Friends – Join us at the Farm & Food Discovery Centre for a fun-packed day with your family and friends on Louis Riel Day, Monday, February 18 from 10 am to 4 pm.  Try your hand at making cream into butter, bake some barley bannock, strap on some snowshoes to walk through the deep snow and who knows what other fascinating events for all ages! Guided tours through the exhibits every hour from 11 am to 3 pm. 
 Admission costs and travel directions found on our website at

Special Support Staff Event - Presented by Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and Faculty of Science, all staff are invite to attend the presentation "Sam Glenn - The Attitude Guy" on Tuesday, February 19 from 11:30 am-1:00 pm in 172 St. John's College (Robert Schultz Lecture Theatre). Sam Glenn is known as The Attitude Guy and has become one of the most recognized authorities on the subject of Attitude today. Sam knows success and failure. At one time, Sam was negative, broke, depressed, homeless and got by working odd jobs at night as a janitor and delivering newspapers. Sam's attitude was in the dumps until a dear friend gave him what he calls a “Kick in the Attitude,” a gift that changed his attitude for the better. Refreshments will be served after the talk. Book signing to follow.

The Support Staff Endowment Fund proudly presents "The Hermetic Code Tour" Day Trip—Saturday, February 23, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at the Manitoba Legislative Bldg. Back by popular demand, the SSEF Advisory Committee invites UofM Support Staff to attend this exciting excursion. Full details and registration information available at

The Transport Institute conference Northern Exposure 2: Realities of Remote Logistics will be held Friday, March 1 at the Fort Garry Hotel. Looking at the challenge of transportation in the North, the program begins with a view from the land.  Perspectives are offered from consumers, retail distributors and commercial logistics providers. This is followed, in the next two sessions, by discussions on air, road and marine options, looking at both current and future possibilities.  At the luncheon between these two sessions, attendees will hear a status report on climate change in the North from a leading expert in the field.  The afternoon ends with a panel discussion that addresses issues of transportation and economic development in a changing northern climate. Register today by visiting

Mark your calendars for the upcoming 5th Annual Daryl F. Kraft Lecture on Tuesday, March 5 in the Richardson International Auditorium (Room 172 Agriculture Building) at the University of Manitoba.  Light refreshments will be served at 2:30 pm, with the lecture to follow at 3:00 pm. More details to come.

The annual Soils and Crops Conference will be held March 5-6 in Saskatoon, SK.  Titles for oral and poster presentations are being accepted until December 14, 2012.  See for more information.

The Manitoba Direct Farm Marketing Conference will be March 8-9 at the Parkland Recreational Complex, 200-1st Street SE, Dauphin, Manitoba. Discover new marketing concepts, market trends and great ideas to take home to your farmers’ market, agri-food or agritourism venture! For more info or to register online visit:

The Ecological and Organic Farming Conference will be held Saturday, March 9 at the Ian N. Morrison Research Farm in Carman, MB. The University of Manitoba’s 4th Year Agroecology students are coordinating this conference in collaboration with Martin Entz and the Natural Systems Agriculture Program. The Agroecology program is part of the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences at the University of Manitoba. The conference will be farmer-focused and interactive. There will be a mix of presentations from farmers and researchers with time for questions and discussion. This event is open to all - registration is $15 and includes lunch. Registration is at 8:30 am, and conference is 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. You must pre-register by by phone: 204-474-8563 or by email to: Check back in the coming weeks for program info at

The Critical Conversations Seminar Series will feature Annemieke Farenhorst, NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering, Prairie Region, and Department of Soil Science, and Rob Penner, University College of the North, on March 11 when they will present "Engaging the youth and leaders of tomorrow in water rights issues: What works?"  at 2:30-4 p.m. in Room 206 Robson Hall. The seminar series is organized by the University of Manitoba’s Centre for Human Rights Research, with support from the NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering in the Prairie region. Critical Conversations seminars in previous years focused on The Idea of a Human Rights Museum and Indian Residential Schools, Truth and Reconciliation. For more information, visit

Starting March 18, the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals will offer its first of three exciting programs focused on: Analytical Sciences - March 18 to 28 (participants learn GLP, Sensory & Food Matrix Evaluation, Various Chromatography for Food Science and Technology Applications); Nutraceutical Pilot Plant - April 1 to 12 (participants learn modern technology developments and related regulatory compliance issues); and Food Safety, Health Claims and Nutritional Clinical Trials - April 15 to 26 (participants gain knowledge and practical experience in designing and conducting metabolic/clinical trials). Each training program is designed to be two weeks or 80 hours in length. Full-time students receive a special weekly rate, but seating is limited. To find out more or to register for these training programs go to: or call RCFFN at 204-474-7552.


The Faculty was sad to learn of the passing of retired Biosystems Engineering professor Lorne Buchanan on January 26 at the age of 87. You can read his obituary online.

The Department of Food Science welcomes Dr. Claudia Narvaez as our new Assistant Professor in the area of food safety. Dr. Narvaez received her Ph.D. at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas,  came to Canada in June 2011 and worked as a Post Doctoral Visiting Fellow with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lacombe, AB.

A recent news release highlighted the work being done by David Levin, Biosystems Engineering and Richard Sparling, Microbiology, on converting cheap industrial and agricultural waste into valuable drop-in biofuels by harnessing the power of designer microbes.  Read more at

The University of Manitoba is pleased to announce Dr. Lysa Porth (PhD/11) has been selected to head the new Guy Carpenter Professorship in Agriculture Risk Management and Insurance in the Asper School of Business. The establishment of this professorship has been made possible through a generous gift of $750,000 from Guy Carpenter & Company. Lysa was awarded her doctorate in 2011 from the University of Manitoba, jointly with the Warren Centre for Actuarial Studies and Research in the Asper School of Business, and the Department of Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences.  Read more at

Several students and faculty from the department of Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics participated in the third annual Canadian Agricultural Policy Conference entitled “Growing Canada's Agricultural Economy: The Role of Trade” in Ottawa from 23-25 Jan 2013.  Three student/faculty posters won prizes at the conference:  Enoch Omololu and Julieta Frank won first place for their poster entitled, “An Empirical Analysis of the Limit Order Book and Liquidity Shocks in Livestock Futures Markets”, Marjaneh Aghvami and Julieta Frank took second place for their poster entitled, “Wheat Futures Markets and Hedging Effectiveness”, and Mehdi Arzandeh and Derek Brewin won third place for their poster entitled, “Long Term Dynamics of Firm R&D Investment in Plant Breeding under Plant Breeders Rights". 

Jared Carlberg, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, presented a paper "Can Enhanced Traceability Generate Extra Value-Added for Cattle at Auction?" at the Southern Agricultural Economics Association annual meetings, Orlando, Florida, February 3-5.

Alexandra Cárdenas Hernández completed her MSc studies in December 2012 at the Universidad Autonóma de Querétaro, Mexico. Alexandra was co-supervised by Drs. Sandra Mendoza Diaz (Chemistry School, Universidad Autonóma de Querétaro) and Trust Beta (Food Science). A recipient of the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) (Canadian Bureau for International Education) in 2011, Alexandra spent six months in Trust’s laboratory conducting experiments towards her thesis on "Production of functional pasta products from amaranth".


Zheng-Wei Liu, He-Ping Li, Wei Cheng, Peng Yang, Jing-Bo Zhang, An-Dong Gong, Yan-Ni Feng, W. G. Dilantha Fernando and Yu-Cai Liao. 2012. Enhanced overall resistance to Fusarium seedling blightand Fusarium head blight in transgenic wheat by co-expression of anti-fungal peptides. European J of Plant Pathology. DOI 10.1007/s10658-012-0048-8

Berry, C.L., Brassinga, A.K.C., Donald, L.J. Fernando, W.G.D., Loewen, P.C., and de Kievit, T.R. Chemical and Biological characterization of Sclerosin, an antifungal lipopeptide. 2012. Canadian Journal of Microbiology 58:1027-1034.

Ru Li, Ehsan Khafipour, Denis O. Krause, Martin H. Entz, Teresa R. de Kievit, W. G. Dilantha Fernando. 2012. Pyrosequencing reveals the influence of organic and conventional farming systems on bacterial communities. PLOS One 7:e5-1897: 1-12.

P. B. E. McVetty, R. W. Duncan, W. G. D. Fernando, G. Li, and C. D. Zelmer. 2012. Red River 1861 Roundup ReadyTM high erucic acid low glocosinolate summer rape. Can J Plant Sci. 92:1407-1409.

C. Peluola, W. G. D. Fernando, C. Huvenaars, H. R. Kutcher, R. L. Lahlali and G. Peng. 2013. Effect of flooding on the survival of Leptosphaeria spp. on canola stubble. Article first published online: 24 JAN 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/ppa.12036


David Lobb and Don Flaten, Soil Science, were quoted in the Western Producer (January 31) article "Taking charge of water". At the KAP annual meeting, they were discussing the benefits of controlling surface water and holding water back in on-farm reservoirs. Read it on page 1 at


The FASO Spring Clothing Sale is on and will close on February 20. Two new items have been added to their selection - a flask and a tough duck work jacket. To view and order clothing and other items available for sale, visit

Attention Industry Partners - The Farm & Food Discovery Centre is now a certified food handling facility. This certification means that cooking demonstrations can now be held in either of the Centre’s two kitchens. A certified food handler is also on staff, making the FFDC an excellent option for food-based workshops, demonstrations or other forms of programming. A wide range of events is possible, from annual general meetings to birthday parties, community group gatherings to industry workshops. The multipurpose room (MPR) can comfortably hold between 20 and 100 individuals when set up in various layouts. Centre hours are from Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. Entire facility rental rates are $600/day. MPR rental alone is $240/day, $30/hour. Extended hours beyond those posted are an additional $65/hour. Catering costs are not included and must be arranged through the University of Manitoba’s Conference & Catering Services.  To learn more or to book, visit or email

University Teaching Services invites all Instructors, Sessional Instructors and Faculty to enter their Annual Teaching Contest. To enter, submit either a 250-word narrative or a 1½ minute (max) video answering this question: “In what way does your teaching foster student success?”  All submissions will be entered for the prize draw for: Win an IPad, IPad Mini, or a Microsoft Surface.  Submission Deadline:  April 26, 2013. Draw will be held at the Annual UTS BBQ on June 7. For more details, please visit

The International 4-H Youth Ag-Summit, which runs August 19 – 25 in Calgary, aims to inspire young adults to share ideas and develop a plan of action on how to feed a hungry planet today and in the future.  Expenses paid if you are accepted, spots for Manitoba students still open, details at:

Undergraduate Research Awards for Summer Work Experience at the University of Manitoba - Undergraduate students have the opportunity to compete for this award, which allows them to be mentored full-time with a professor of their choice for 16 weeks, to receive a $6,000 award, and to gain valuable experience in their field of interest. Last year they received over 260 applications and funded 80 students. Deadline February 15, 2013. To learn more, go to

This is a Call for Oral and Poster Presentations for the 6th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture ( to be held in Winnipeg June 22-26, 2014. "Soil Health and Wallet Wealth" is the overall theme for the 6th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture because the path to sustainable long-term agricultural production starts with healthy soil. Agricultural production systems are not sustainable unless they are profitable and Conservation Agriculture is the key to building and maintaining healthy soils and profitable farming systems. Proposals for oral and poster presentations are to be submitted to ( following the guidelines for submission by September 1, 2013. All submissions will be reviewed and the corresponding author notified after review by the program committee by October 15. Questions on the papers for the 6th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture can be directed to: Jerry L. Hatfield (Program Chair) at

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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