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March 6, 2013


Final Competition in 3MT Tonight - The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a research communication competition that challenges graduate students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience.  The Final Competition will be held on Wednesday, March 6, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Robert B. Schultz Lecture Theatre at St. John's College. Tonight's nine finalists emerged from the Challenger Heats held last week involving 30 competitiors (and those 30 were selected from 137 applicants!).  Two of the finalists have a connection to the Department of Biosystems Engineering:  Marcos Cordeiro is a current Ph.D. student with R. Sri Ranjan, and Leah (Wong) Guenther completed her undergraduate degree in Biosystems Engineering prior to her M.Sc. studies in Mechanical Engineering.  Come out tonight and cheer them on!

An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, March 7 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pm.  Caroline Halde, Ph.D. Candidate, Plant Science, will be presenting "Organic No-till Field Crop Production: Possible?".  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.

A Food Science Graduate Seminar will be held on Friday, March 8 in Room 245 Ellis Building at 10:30 am. May-Fong Yee will be presenting "Effects of Irradiation on Meat Odour and Flavour".  The seminar is 30 minutes and is followed by a ten minute question period.

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: Conference program is available 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 Monday, 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

Final Ph.D. Oral Examination - Charles Grant, Management (IIP), will present "Influence Functions, Higher Moments, and Hedging" on Tuesday, March 12 at 9:30 am in 539 Drake Centre.

A Entomology Seminar will be held on Tuesday, March 12 in Room 220 Animal Science/Entomology Building at 10:10 am. Dr. Bruce Ford, Department of Biological Sciences, will be presenting “Sedge hunting in Vietnam: species discovery and insights into the origin of Carex”.  Refreshments served at 10:00 am.

An Animal Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, March 12 in Room 219 Animal Science Building at 11:30 am.  Presenters Mathieu Pinette (M.Sc.) and Bishwo Pokharel (M.Sc.) will be presenting “Development of a Quadriplex Fluorescent Microsphere Immunoassay (FMIA) for the Detection of Antibody Responses to Influenza A and Newcastle Disease Viruses” (Poster) and “Swine in Nepal” (Extension).

A Human Nutritional Sciences Graduate Seminar entitled "Factors to Consider When Developing Test Foods For Substantiating Health Claim Submissions" will be presented by Dr. Nancy Ames, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, on Tuesday, March 12 at 3:00 pm in 207 Human Ecology Building.

A Food Science Graduate Seminar will be held on Wednesday, March 13 in Room 245 Ellis Building at 10:30 am. Kabo Masisi will be presenting "Consumption of Phenolic Compounds Can Reduce Obesity – Fact or Fiction".  The seminar is 30 minutes and is followed by a ten minute question period.

Soil Science M.Sc. Thesis Defense - Jennifer Nielsen will present "Brine-Contaminated Soil Remediation Processes" on Thursday, March 14 at 10:30 a.m. Room 346 Ellis Building.

FASO invites all students and staff to attend a special FCC GoAg! seminar on Thursday, March 14 at 2:30 pm, sponsored by Farm Credit Canada. Troy and Stacy Hadrick will present "The Real Enemy of Agriculture" in Room 172 Agriculture Building.  Troy and Stacy, fifth generation ranchers from South Dakota, founded Advocates for Agriculture with the goal of telling the positive story of agriculture. Too often, agriculture is bombarded by negative messages about production agriculture. Troy and Stacy will give audiences the tools and the motivation to promote agriculture one story at a time. Following the presentation, there will be a reception in the Atrium.

An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, March 14 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pm.  Braulio Soto-Cerda, Ph.D. Candidate, Plant Science, will be presenting "Association Mapping for Agronomic and Seed Quality Traits in Flax".  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.

Soil Science Seminar - Dr. Miriam Diamond from the Department of Geography, Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto will present a seminar  (topic TBA) on Friday, March 15 at 10:30 am in 346 Ellis Building. Dr. Diamond's work is in the area of environmental quality in systems subject to anthropogenically elevated contaminant inputs, with a focus on aquatic systems.

A Food Science Graduate Seminar will be held on Friday, March 15 in Room 245 Ellis Building at 10:30 am. Kun Wang will be presenting "Effects of Processing Conditions and Types of Wall Materials on Microencapsulation of Flavors by Spray Drying".  The seminar is 30 minutes and is followed by a ten minute question period.

Don't miss Discover Agriculture in the City, a free, three-day event featuring interactive displays and live presentations from key organizations in the agriculture industry that will take place March 15-17 downtown at the Forks Market. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, along with partner organizations, have developed this event for urban Canadians to explore and discover the important role agriculture plays in their lives. Come see the Food Fight at the Forks featuring our very own food product development students, enjoy cooking demos and many other activities. For more information, visit

The sixth seminar in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Seminar Series will be held on Wednesday, March 20 at 3:30 pm in the Richardson International Auditorium, 172 Agriculture Building.  Peter McVetty, Plant Science, will be presenting "Reflections on a Career in Plant Breeding".  Refreshments will be served at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Food Science M.Sc. Thesis Defense - Sultana Perven will present "Effect of Hofmeister Salts on the compressibility of the protein bovine serum albumin" on Tuesday, March 19 at 1:30 pm in Room 245 Ellis Building. Everyone most welcome.

The Department of Human Nutritional Sciences invites you to a public lecture on Satiety and Weight Management by Dr. Susan Raatz, nutrition scientist with the USDA on Thursday, March 21 at 7 pm in the Robert B. Schultz Theater in St John’s College at the University of Manitoba. The session will be followed by a “Nutrition Round Up” discussion panel, where Dr. Raatz will be joined by experts from the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences. The panel will discuss the role of food in maintaining health.

Registration is now open for the 4th Annual Functional Foods and Natural Health Products Graduate Research Symposium on Friday, March 22, 8 am - 6 pm, at the CanadInns Fort Garry. (1824 Pembina Highway, Winnipeg). This event is organized by University of Manitoba graduate students in Human Nutritional Sciences, Food Science, and Pharmacy. The symposium will feature keynote presentations by Dr. Susan Raatz of the USDA, Naturopath Dr. Deirdre Jasper as well as high-quality oral and poster presentations by graduate students in the field. A networking event will be held in the afternoon to foster conversation between invited industry and government representatives, the students, and faculty members.  To register, please complete the form found here: or email us at Register by March 15 to take advantage of our early bird prices!

An Entomology Seminar will be held on Tuesday, March 26 in Room 220 Animal Science/Entomology Building at 10:10 am. Dr. Margaret Docker, Department of Biological Sciences, will be presenting “Repeated independent evolution of nonparasitism in lampreys: are there parallels with insects?”  Refreshments served at 10:00 am.

An Animal Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, March 26 in Room 219 Animal Science Building at 11:30 am.  Presenters Sean Thompson (M.Sc.), Deepak Ettungalpadi (M.Sc.) and Allan Kotz (M.Sc.) will be presenting “Predicting Residual Feed Intake of Angus Bulls Using Infrared Thermography" (Scientific), "Net Energy Content of Dry Extruded-Expelled Soybean Meal fed to Growing Pigs using Indirect Calorimetry” (Poster) and "The use of metagenomics to estimate and mitigate methane emission" (Extension).

The Dr. Victor M. Bendelow Memorial Lectureship, hosted by the Department of Plant Science, presents "From Oilsands to Oilseeds" by Dr. Randall J. Weselake, Professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair of the Agricultural Lipid Biotechnology Program in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science at the University of Alberta.  The lecture takes place on Wednesday, March 27, at 3:30 pm in the Richardson Auditorium, 172 Agriculture Building.  Dr. Weselake is best known for his research in the seed oil content found in major oilseed crops.  Please join us for refreshments at 3:00 pm.

PIN (MRAC) will host its 17th Annual General Meeting at the Canad Inn in Portage la Prairie, MB, on Thursday, March 28 from 9 am to 3 pm on the theme "Water - a polarizing resource". Kees Plaizier, Animal Science, will be making a project presentation for the Dairy Farmers of Manitoba at the meeting. Registration deadline is Friday, March 22. More details and online registration at

The Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals will offer an exciting program focused on: 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). The 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 this program go to: or call RCFFN at 204-474-7552. 


The Faculty learned of the passing of Dr. Lucien LaCroix on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at the age of 83. Dr. LaCroix joined the Department of Plant Science in June 1961 and retired in December 1989. The funeral service will be on Friday, March  8, at 1:30 pm, at Mary Mother of the Church, 85 Kirkbridge Drive, with prayers at 7 pm , at the same church on Thursday, March 7. An obituary has been posted on the Winnipeg Free Press Passages website at|DESC,last_name|ASC/.

Gary Johnson and Barbara Hewitt, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, travelled to Sweden during break week to meet with students and staff at SLU (the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences) and to renegotiate our student exchange agreement.  They travelled to three campuses across Sweden and as a result of the trip, plan on working to expand the program to include more courses and locations than had previously been active within the agreement.

Jared Carlberg, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, is giving a presentation in Ottawa on Thursday, March 7 at AAFC entitled “How Co-operatives Contribute to the Competitiveness, Adaptability and Sustainability of the Agricultural, Agri-Food and Agri-Based Products Sector in Canada” and attending a workshop of the Structure and Performance of Agriculture and Agri-Products Industries Research Network on Friday, March 8.

Derek Brewin, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, is traveling to Calgary tomorrow for the first Regional ENACTUS competition for the U of M.  ENACTUS is “a community of student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives”.  The ENATUS President at the U of M is Agribusiness student Nick Lea.  Also traveling to Calgary for the competition are:  Branden Burns, Fraser Cook, Jenny Gompf, Matt Grossman, Kristin Hermiston, Al McFadden, Mike McFadden, Heather McKay, Jenn McKay, and Carl Stewart.

Alicia Franco Espinosa, Internationally Educated Agrologists Program, will be participating in the 15th National Metropolis Conference "Building an Integrated Society" in Ottawa, ON, March 14-16. She will be involved in the workshop "Partnerships In Support Of Integrating Immigrant Professionals: Multi-disciplinary Perspectives" where she and other participants will compare insights from academic and NGO stakeholders who support the integration of immigrant professionals in nursing, agrology, education, and engineering.

Arnie Hydamaka, Food Science, was in China the week of February 25 to promote cooperation and  education agreements with China Agriculture University in Beijing, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, and Nanjing University of Finance and Economics.

The Faculty had two connections to the recent Science, Engineering & Technology (SET) Day, an annual event hosted by the University of Manitoba for science-oriented high school students. Terry Galloway, Entomology, hosted a session on insects and Sue Arntfield and Harry Sapirstein, Food Science, participated in sessions on the nutritional and food sciences involved in pizza-making.

Honduras Project update - Dr. Kris Dick along with Biosystems graduate student Jami Carter and 11 undergraduate students had a busy 12 days in Honduras, completing a new home for a family in Consonlaca, Honduras. In addition to a house, the team completed a new latrine, water collection and filter system, a new stove design and a sink assembly with pump. All of the students confirmed this was a life-changing experience for them and provided a unique opportunity to put theory into practice. Updates about the project will be on the Facebook page El Pueblo Creciente ( and a public presentation is also being planned.

Peter Jones, Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, presented “Flaxseed and Human Interventions at the RCFFN” at the Genome Prairie: Flax Research Workshop on  February 26.


There are currently two databases on trial through the University of Manitoba Libraries that may be of interest to faculty and students. They are JSTOR Plant Science and Wildlife and Ecology Studies Worldwide.  Both of these databases will be available to the end of term. 
More information and a review of JSTOR Plant Science  can be  found at this link Here is the link to JSTOR Plant Science

More information about Wildlife and Ecology Studies Worldwide can also be found from their website at this link Here is the link to Wildlife and Ecology Studies Worldwide

You can also go to the Resource Trials tab in Databases A-Z from the Libraries’ website to get access to these databases or click here


Amarasinghe, C., Tamburic-Ilincic, L., Gilbert, J., Brule-Babel, A. and Fernando, W. G. D. (2013). Evaluation of different fungicides for control of fusarium head blight in wheat inoculated with 3ADON and 15ADON chemotypes of Fusarium graminearum in Canada. Can. J. Plant Pathology. DOI:10.1080/07060661.2013.773942.

Messing, P., Farenhorst A., Waite D., Sproull, J. 2013. Influence of Usage and Chemical-Physical Properties on the Atmospheric Transport and Deposition of Pesticides to Agricultural Regions of Manitoba, Canada. Chemosphere, 90, 1997–2003


Mario Tenuta, Soil Science, was interviewed in the article "Soybean cyst nematodes" in Grainews (March 4). Mario says he thinks it is inevitable that Manitoba will get these damaging nematodes. His lab is currently developing rapid, accurate molecular tests for identifying and quantifying SCN. Read the article on page 1 at

Don Flaten, Soil Science, was quoted in the article "Holding on to phosphorus" in Grainews (February 25). Don talks about the factors that influence soil phosphorus availability. Read the article on page 9 at

Laurie Connor, Animal Science, and Derek Brewin, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, were interviewed in the Globe and Mail Report on Business article written by Charles Wilkins entitled "How Canada produces 5 slices of bacon for every person on the planet".  Read the article at


Fiscal Year End - Our fiscal year end of March 31, 2013 is fast approaching. Staff are reminded to make all purchases, travel and business claims soon. For year-end guidelines and schedule, please see Financial Services website at

Volunteers Needed - Need to break up your routine?  Looking for something exciting to do...that includes a free day-pass to the Royal Winter Fair?  The Farm & Food Discovery Centre is looking for volunteers to help out at the Royal Winter Fair in Brandon from March 23 to 30.  We are specifically looking for volunteers to help out on Monday through Thursday.  Please email Siobhan at if you are interested in helping out for a couple hours or an entire day.

Check out all the exciting events taking place at the Farm & Food Discovery Centre this year.  This year’s Event Calendar is up on our website.  Check out the weekend workshops and summer events planned for yourself and your family at

Tyler (BSc(Agbus)/99) and Dorelle Fulton of Birtle, Manitoba area have been chosen as the province’s 2013 Outstanding Young Farmers (OYF). The beef farmers operate their cow/calf operation with a farming philosophy based on balance, and will represent Manitoba at the Outstanding Young Farmers national event in Regina November 12-17, 2013. Read more about the Fultons at

Faculty Seminar Series Online - A reminder that recordings of the Faculty's monthly seminar series are available to view online at  The most recent post is Ying Chen, Biosystems Engineering, with her presentation on "Agricultural Engineering Achievements that Changed the World".

Nominate Exceptional Support Staff - Do you work with a U of M support staff member or team whose contributions are exceptional? Please show your appreciation by nominating them for one of the four Awards of Excellence for Support Staff:  President's Award; Leadership Award; Service Award; and Team Award. Visit the LDS site ( where you will find nomination forms for the various awards, along with helpful tips on how to complete your nomination.  The deadline for Nominations is March 19.

 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:

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