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March 20, 2013


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. 

The 4th Annual Functional Foods and Natural Health Products Graduate Research Symposium will be 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

A Food Science Graduate Seminar will be held on Friday, March 22 in Room 245 Ellis Building at 10:30 am. Ali Salimi will be presenting "The Importance of High Molecular Weight Glutenin Subunits for Wheat Breadmaking Quality".  The seminar is 30 minutes and is followed by a ten minute question period. 

The Ph.D. Oral Examination for Kevin Baron, Plant Science, will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, March 22 in Room 218 Agriculture Building.  Kevin will present "Functional characterization of GRAM genes and the involvement of abscisic acid (ABA) metabolism and signaling in the reproductive development of Arabidopsis thaliana". 

The Aggie (Degree) Grads Farewell banquet will be held Saturday, March 23 at Caboto Centre. 

A Soil Science Seminar will be held on Monday, March 25 at 12:30 pm in 346 Ellis Building.  Dr. Annemieke Farenhorst, Professor and Chair for Women in Science and Engineering in the Prairie Region, will present "First Nationals Water Rights and Programs: New Opportunities for Kids and Graduate Students!". 

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). 

A Food Science Graduate Seminar will be held on Wednesday, March 27 in Room 245 Ellis Building at 10:30 am. Nana Marmah will be presenting "Effect of Ozone Treatment on Microbial and Sensory Attributes of Fresh Produce".  The seminar is 30 minutes and is followed by a ten minute question period. 

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

An Animal Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, April 2 in Room 219 Animal Science Building at 11:30 am.  Presenters Pratima Acharya (M.Sc.), Tawyna Ullenboom (M.Sc.) and Dorothy Moseti (M.Sc.) will be presenting "Standardized and true total tract P digestibility in canola meals fed to growing pigs" (Scientific), TBA (Poster), and "Swine influenza, diagnostics and surveillance" (Extension). 

A Food Science Graduate Seminar will be held on Wednesday, April 3 in Room 245 Ellis Building at 10:30 am. Lilei Yu will be presenting "Use of Sulfur Dioxide in Winemaking".  The seminar is 30 minutes and is followed by a ten minute question period. 

An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, April 4 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pm.  Dr. Yoav Bashan, CIBNOR, Mexico, will be presenting "Co-Immobilization of Plant Growth-Promoting Bacteria and Green Microalgae in Alginate Beads as an Experimental Model for Studying Plant-Bacterium Interactions".  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium. 

A Food Science Graduate Seminar will be held on Friday, April 5 in Room 245 Ellis Building at 10:30 am. Yao Wu will be presenting "Comparison of Chlorination and Heat Treatment of Soft Wheat Flour for Cake Baking".  The seminar is 30 minutes and is followed by a ten minute question period. 

A Food Science Graduate Seminar will be held on Monday, April 8 in Room 245 Ellis Building at 10:30 am. Mingjue Wu will be presenting "Effect of Potato Processing and Storage Conditions on the Production of Resistant Starch".  The seminar is 30 minutes and is followed by a ten minute question period. 

A Special Animal Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, April 9 in Room 219 Animal Science Building at 11:30 am. The seminar is in honour of Dr. T.K. Cheung with speaker Dr. John Webb, Director of Emerging Science at Maple Leaf Foods, Inc., presenting "Future challenges for the livestock and food industry – a processors view". 

An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, April 11 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pm.  Atta Mohamed Soliman, Ph.D. Candidate, Plant Science, will be presenting "Biochemical and Functional Characterization of Barley ADP-Glucose Transporter Gene and its Impact on Starch Yield and Composition".  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium. 

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.  


At a banquet last week, the University of Manitoba presented the Emerging Student Leader Awards and three students from the Faculty were honoured: diploma student Brett Sheffield and degree students Jen McCombe and Bonnie Schott. Among the evening's guest speakers was Emmanuel Rotimi (Timi) Ojo, president of the U of M Graduate Students’ Association and Ph.D. student in Soil Science. 

Marley Boyce, M.Sc. student in Plant Science, has been awarded with the 2012 Seed of the Year - West Scholarship. This $4000 award is for a graduate student enrolled in a western Canadian university and developing research in plant breeding or genetics. Marley is supervised by Anita Brulé-Babel and her research involves the identification, characterization and genetic mapping of a new leaf rust resistance gene in spring wheat. 

Members of the Department of Food Science are participating in a CIDA project aimed at helping farm families in Malawi improve food security. The $3.4 million Malawi Farmer-to-Farmer Agroecology Project, led by researchers from Western University with Canadian and Malawian partners, uses farmer-to-farmer teaching about agroecology, nutrition and local food market development to improve food security, nutrition and livelihoods of Malawian farm families over the next five years.  Food Science's Trust Beta and Susan Arntfield will be lending their expertise in nutrient composition to establish a nutrition database of central and northern Malawian food stuffs as a tool in improving the nutrient profiles of the local diet. 

The Ecological and Organic Farming Systems conference was held Saturday, March 9 at the Ian N. Morrison Research Centre in Carman.  This conference was a joint effort between the Agroecoloy Program's experiential learning focus and the Department of Plant Science's Natural Systems Agriculture program.   Over one hundred people (104 to be extact!) attended.  Some farmers drove in from eastern Saskatchewan for the event.   Students in the Applications in Agroecology capstone course hosted the meeting (including chairing all of the sessions) while 2nd and 3rd year agroecology students helped with logistics, food preparation, parking arrangements and audio visuals. Presentations included four farmers: Bragi Simondson, Arborg on grass-fed beef; Marc Boulanger, Grande Clairie on organic grain and livestock production; Caroline Halde on Organic dairy production in Quebec; and Marvin Wiebe on organic vegetable production.  From the faculty, presentations were made by Yvonne Lawley, Rob Gulden, Gary Martens and Martin Entz.  

The Food Fight at the Forks - U of M edition took place March 15 at the Forks as part of the Discover Agriculture in the City weekend. Ten teams made up of students from Food Science and Human Nutritional Sciences competed with such diverse food products as carrot cake oatmeal, gluten free waffles, goat's milk yogurt drink, and pinto bean smoothie. The winning team, which included Elisabeth Harms, Kathy Diep, Jolene Le and Meng Guo, impressed the judges with their "Sea Buckthorn Plusterz" product, a pretzel snack infused with sea buckthorn and dipped in white chocolate.  The students created the products for the Food Product Development course taught by Gary Fulcher, Food Science. A big thanks to Gary and his class for their enthusiastic participation, and to everyone that made the day such a great success, including emcee Karli Reimer and judges Judy Wilson, Doug Speirs and Dave Shambrock.  We also participated in a group booth with MAFRI, MAHRN and others - thank you to ambassadors Laird Lampertz, James Kingdon, Nicole Aubin, Kelsey Bailey, Ian Cook, Bonnie Schott and Erin Chorney for their help at the event. 

The Department of Animal Science is very pleased to have Dr. Emma McGeough join the department as an Assistant Professor in Sustainable Grasslands/Livestock Production Systems. Originating from a mixed cattle and poultry farm in Ireland, she earned her Ph.D. from the University College Dublin, with her research emphasis on potential forage-based methane mitigation strategies using in vivo and in vitro techniques. Most recently Emma was an NSERC Visiting Fellow at the AAFC Research Centre Lethbridge, Alberta, where her focus was on Life Cycle Assessment of livestock production systems, specifically the determination of GHG emissions associated with processes involved in milk production in Canada.  At the U of M, Dr. McGeough is already engaged in teaching and will develop research and outreach programs related to sustainable forage-based livestock production in Manitoba. 

The Department of Animal Science is also pleased to announce that Kees Plaizer is the new Associate Head effective March 1. 

Martin Nyachoti, Animal Science, just returned from a month at the University of Nairobi where he has a contingent appointment and is co-supervising two graduate students who spent six months here last year doing research. 

The staff of the Swine Unit in Animal Science were presented with two certificates of merit from H@ms Marketing - one for placing 2nd in the 2012 Top Ten competition for “Target Carcass Weight” and one for placing 2nd in the “ % In Core Area” categories. The competition is open to all pork producers marketing through Ham’s Marketing in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. 

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. 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. Milton Boyd was one of her supervisors. Read more at

Rob Currie, Entomology, will be presenting two papers as an invited speaker at the Ontario Beekeepers’ Association Annual Meeting in Burlington, March 22-23. 

Kateryn Rochon, Entomology, presented a seminar (in French) at Université de St-Boniface on March 6, entitled, “Le sexe sur six pattes: la vie érotique des insectes (Six-legged sex: the erotic life of insects)”, hosted by Association francophone pour le savoir-MB. 

Peter Jones, Richardon Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, presented “Nutrition Economics” at the European Atherosclerosis Society Workshop on Plant Sterols held in London March 16 and 17. 

Troy and Stacy Hadrick, a young farming couple from South Dakota were here on March 14 to speak to our students about "The Real Enemy of Agriculture".  Their message was well received by the students, who were encouraged to stand up and be proud of our industry. FASO organized this event with sponsorship from Farm Credit Canada through the Go Ag! program. Justin Vuignier, Relationship Manager from FCC’s Carman office, was here to draw for the free iPad given away at the event. Congratulations to James Kingdon


Gilmanov, T. G. Wylie, B. K. Tieszen, L. L. Meyers, T. P. Baron, V. S. Bernacchi, C. J. Billesbach, D. P. Burba, G. G. Fischer, M. L. Glenn, A. J. Hanan, N. P. Hatfield, J. L. Heuer, M. W. Hollinger, S. E. Howard, D. M. Matamala, R. Prueger, J. H. Tenuta, M. Young, D.G.  2013.  CO2 uptake and ecophysiological parameters of the grain crops of midcontinent North America: estimates from flux tower measurements.  Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment; 2013. 164: 162-175. 

Zha, T.S., A.G. Barr, P.-Y. Bernier, M.B. Lavigne, J.A. Trofymow, B.D. Amiro, M.A. Arain, J.S. Bhatti, T.A. Black, H.A. Margolis, J.H.McCaughey, Z.S. Xing, K.C.J. Van Rees, and C. Coursolle.  2013.  Gross and aboveground net primary production at Canadian forest carbon flux sites. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 174-175: 54-64. 


The Ecological and Organic Farming Conference held in Carman was the focus of the article "Student-led organic conference packs in a diverse crowd" in the  Manitoba Co-operator (March 14). The article talked to various participants, and reported that feedback was very positive. Read it on page 12 at

Gary Martens, Plant Science, was quoted in the article "Resistant weed headaches growing, survey shows" in the Manitoba Co-operator (March 14).  Gary talks about farmers overusing their "silver bullets" until their effectiveness is lost. Read it on page 17 at

Laryssa Grenkow, M.Sc. Soil Science student, was quoted in the article "Got bald patches on eroded knolls? Ammonium sulphate may be the cause" in the Manitoba Co-operator (March 7).  Laryssa presented her findings at the recent CanoLABS event. Read the article on page 21 at

The Food Fight at the Forks - U of M Edition was featured in the column by Doug Speirs in the Winnipeg Free Press. Doug, who served as a judge at the competition, offers his humorous take on this year's event in the article "Students discover chocolate key to serving healthy food"  Read it at

Terry Galloway, Entomology, is featured is the University of Manitoba Bulletin (March 7) in the "Research made real" article on the Bringing Research to LIFE page.  Terry hosted a SET Day session with high school students interested in science. 


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

Caption Contest - Watershed Systems Research Program - Help us celebrate Canada Water Week March 18-22 2013! Enter our caption competition for a chance to win $100 gift certificate. Send in a caption in less than 140 characters for any of the photos featured at this site. Send your entries, and your name and email to by March 23, 2013. 

The Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre is hosting a Made in Manitoba Breakfast on Saturday, May 4 with the help of Agriculture in the Classroom.  Join us at the Discovery Centre between 9 am and 12 noon to eat and celebrate local food.  Sausages, eggs, pancakes, fruit and chocolate milk will be served. Wander through the exhibits after breakfast or take part in the fun activities for the kids. More details can be found on our website. Cost includes admission to exhibits and activities.  $25 family, $8 adults, $6 youth, $2 children 2-6. We are also looking for volunteers to help cook and serve food.  Please email Siobhan at if you are interested in helping out. 

Do you know a support staff member or team that deserves recognition? Nominate them for the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Support Staff Award. The Faculty has two annual awards recognizing the outstanding contributions by Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences support staff. Complete details ( and nomination form ( are available online.  Deadline is Wednesday, May 1. 

The Canadian Nuffield Agricultural Scholarship Association is accepting applications for their 2014 program. Applications are due by April 30, 2013 and forms can be downloaded from the Nuffield Canada website at Nuffield Scholarships are awarded to enthusiastic individuals, with a passion for agriculture and a desire to expand your knowledge, pursue new ideas and to share your findings with others. Applicants should be in mid-career, be between the ages of 25 and 45 (although exceptions are made) and must be actively engaged in farming, agi-forestry or some other agricultural related industry.

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